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Old Dominion University

2013-2014 Catalog

Psychology

http://sci.odu.edu/psychology/

James Bliss, Chair
Jennifer Younkin, Chief Departmental Advisor

Bachelor of Science—Psychology Major

A student who intends to major in psychology must attend a Major Declaration Session in the Department of Psychology. Freshmen with 0-25 Earned Hours need to meet with an advisor from the College of Sciences advising team for pre-registration advising for their first academic year. Once students have earned 26 hours, completed STAT 130M and PSYC 201S, earning a C or better in each, they will need to attend a Major Declaration Session. Following declaration of the major, students are advised by the chief departmental advisor in psychology until they have accumulated 60 credit hours. Once students accumulate 60 credit hours, they select an individual faculty advisor within their interest area of psychology. Students should visit the Undergraduate Program Office (MGB 246) for information about the major and advising schedules. If the office is closed students may refer to the bulletin board across from (MGB 246) or visit the Psychology Department web page at http://sci.odu.edu/psychology/.

Lower Division General Education

Written Communication *6
Oral Communication3
Mathematics **3
Language and Culture0-6
Information Literacy and Research3
Human Creativity3
Interpreting the Past3
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics3
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology3
Human Behavior ***3
Total Hours41-47

*

 A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all courses meeting the Written Communication requirement.

**

STAT 130M or higher; MATH 162M or higher may be substituted. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required.

***

PSYC 201S and PSYC 203S may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Departmental Requirements for the Major in Psychology

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all psychology courses. Students must achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0, including all psychology courses.  No more than six credits in 200-level psychology courses can count toward the major in psychology.

PSYC 201SIntroduction to Psychology3
PSYC 317Quantitative Methods4
PSYC 318WResearch Methods in Psychology4
Area I: Foundation Courses
Students must select at least one course from Area I:3
Human Cognition
Sensation and Perception
Principles of Learning
Physiological Psychology
Animal Behavior
Students must select at least one course from three of the remaining five areas:9
Area II: Developmental
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
The Psychology of Adolescence
Social Development
Child Psychology
Cognitive Development During Childhood
The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Area III: Social/Personality
Social Psychology
Positive Psychology
Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Psychology of Sex
Theories of Personality
Area IV: Clinical
Health Psychology
Drugs and Behavior
Abnormal Psychology
Psychological Tests
Drug Abuse and Dependence
Area V: Cultural Context
Psychology of Women
History of Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Community Psychology
Psychology of African Americans
Area VI: Industrial/Organizational
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Personnel Psychology
Human Factors
Organizational Psychology
PSYC electives (may include area courses)15
Total Hours38

Elective Credit

General elective credit will be needed to meet the minimum requirement of 120 credit hours.  No more than six credits in 200-level psychology courses can count toward the major in psychology.

Sample Schedules

These schedules are meant as a guide to completing requirements for General Education and the Psychology major in four years or, following completion of an approved associate degree, two years. Students are not required to take courses in these semesters or in this sequence.

Psychology major requirements include:

PSYC 201SIntroduction to Psychology3
PSYC 317Quantitative Methods4
PSYC 318WResearch Methods in Psychology4
One course from Area 13
Three courses selected from Areas 2-69
Five additional psychology courses15

Four-year program

This sample schedule assumes that the Language and Culture requirements have been met by high school language courses (see Lower-Division General Education Requirements – Language and Culture section of this Catalog). If not, then language credits must be taken as electives.

First Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC 201S3PSYC Course (not 317)3
STAT 130M3COMM 101R or 112R3
ENGL 110C3Written Comm - 200 level 3
Info Lit and Research3Ways of Knowing*6
Ways of Knowing*3 
 15 15
Second Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC 3174PSYC 318W4
PSYC (area 2-6)3PSYC (Area 2-6) or Minor**3
Nat Science Way of Knowing4Nat Science Way of Knowing4
Way of Knowing*3Way of Knowing*6
 14 17
Third Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC Area 1 3PSYC (Area 2-6)3
PSYC (Area 2-6)6PSYC courses6
Minor**3Minor**6
Elective3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC course3Minor** or Elective3
Minor**3Electives11
Electives9 
 15 14
Total credit hours: 120

*

The following Ways of Knowing Areas are required for Lower-Division General Education:

  • Human Creativity
  • Literature
  • Human Behavior
  • Interpreting the Past
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Nature of Science
  • Impact of Technology
**

A minor is recommended but not required.

 

Two-year Program

Students arrive with at least 60 credits and a university-approved associate degree indicating all lower-division General Education requirements have been met. Students must also have transfer credit for PSYC 201S and STAT 130M or higher or complete them at ODU.

Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC 3174PSYC 318W4
PSYC (Area 2-6)6PSYC Area 13
Minor*3PSYC course3
Elective2Minor*6
 15 16
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PSYC (Area 2-6)3PSYC courses6
PSYC Courses6Minor* or elective3
Elective2Electives6
Minor*3 
 14 15
Total credit hours: 60

 

*

A minor is recommended but not required.

Additional Information for Students with Interest in Clinical, Industrial/ Organizational, or Applied Experimental Psychology

Clinical Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in clinical psychology is designed for students who wish to develop cognitive and behavioral competencies at the bachelor's level of mental health specialization. In addition to the required courses for the psychology major   (PSYC 201SPSYC 317, PSYC 318W, one course from Area 1, and one course from three other areas), students are encouraged to include the following in the 38 hours required for a psychology major.

PSYC 369Practicum in Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 371Clinical Supervision in Psychology1
PSYC 405Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 408Theories of Personality3
PSYC 412Psychological Tests3
Select one of the following:3
Lifespan Development
Social Psychology
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
The Psychology of Adolescence

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in industrial/organizational psychology is designed for psychology majors who have a special interest in industrial, engineering, and organizational psychology. In addition to the required courses for the major (PSYC 201S, PSYC 317, PSYC 318W, one course from Area 1, and one course from three other areas), students are encouraged to include the following in the 38 hours required for a psychology major:

PSYC 303Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 343Personnel Psychology3
PSYC 344Human Factors3
PSYC 345Organizational Psychology3

Applied Experimental Psychology

The undergraduate interest area in applied experimental psychology is designed for psychology majors who want to apply for graduate school in one of the following applied research fields: health, community, developmental, social, cognitive or quantitative. In addition to the required courses for the psychology major, (PSYC 201S, PSYC 317, PSYC 318W, one course from Area 1, and one course from three other areas), students are encouraged to include the following in the 38 hours required for a psychology major:


PSYC 495Topics in Psychology *1-3
PSYC 497Supervised Research3
or PSYC 498 Supervised Research
PSYC 412Psychological Tests3
or PSYC 417 Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications
Select one additional Area I course from the following:3
Human Cognition
Sensation and Perception
Principles of Learning
Physiological Psychology

*

The material covered in the topics course should reflect the student's interest in one of the applied fields listed above.

Upper Division General Education

  • Option A: Approved Disciplinary Minor (a minimum of 12 hours determined by the department) or second degree or second major.
  • Option B: Interdisciplinary Minor (specifically 12 hours, 3 of which may be in the major)
  • Option C: International Business and Regional Courses or an approved Certification Program such as teaching licensure
  • Option D: Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Sciences and not required by the major (6 hours)

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Minor in Psychology

PSYC 201S must be completed as a prerequisite for the minor in psychology and is not included in the calculation of the grade point average for the minor. The minor in psychology requires at least one course from Area I and at least one course from three different areas of the other five areas (Areas II, III, IV, V, VI). Refer to the previous section on required psychology courses for a listing of the courses in each area. PSYC 201S is a prerequisite for most 300- and 400-level psychology courses. Additional prerequisite courses may also be required. A student must earn a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all psychology courses taken exclusive of 200-level courses and prerequisite courses. A minimum of six hours in the minor must be taken through courses offered by Old Dominion University. Courses in the minor may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

B.S./M.B.A. Program

Students interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) advanced degree can earn such a degree in conjunction with a B.S. in psychology. The combined program requires five years. Students should contact the department's Undergraduate Program Office MGB 246 for more details about this program and entrance requirements.

Honors Program in Psychology

Qualified undergraduate psychology majors have the opportunity to participate in the Honors Program in Psychology (program chair: Dr. Valerian Derlega). Students who complete the program and also meet the University's standards for graduation with honors (see description in this Catalog) may earn the designation of departmental honors on their diplomas. This program is a two- to three-course sequence that involves working on a research project under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.

Interested students should discuss their interests with a psychology faculty member who agrees to serve as the research supervisor for PSYC 497. In PSYC 497 (see prerequisites under course listing), the potential Honors student gains research experience and develops an Honors Project proposal.  At the end of PSYC 497, the student submits the proposal and application for admission to the Honors Program in Psychology and, pending appproval of the program chair, enrolls in PSYC 487.

In this course, the student finalizes the proposal, presents it to the Psychology Honors Program committee, secures research ethics approval, begins the thesis research, and, if the research and thesis paper are completed, may present to the Psychology Honors Program committee for approval.

Students whose projects require more than one semester to complete may enroll in PSYC 488.

Eligibility for the Honors Program in Psychology includes:

  • Completion of PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W
  • At least 23 hours earned in psychology
  • A 3.50 GPA in the psychology major (with no grades of "Incomplete")
  • A 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of PSYC 497 with an Honors Project Proposal ready for submission to the Honors Program chair

Students can enroll in PSYC 487 when the submitted application and project proposal have been approved by the Honors Committee chair.

Psychology Awards

The Alan L. Chaikin Psychology Honors Thesis Award is given each year to a student in the Department of Psychology for the outstanding honors thesis.

The Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Psychology Service Award is given each year to the student selected by the faculty who has contributed significant service to the department or field of psychology. Service is primarily defined as participation in departmental, University, community, or professional organizations. However, other qualifications, such as research activity, may be considered. Eligible students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and 18 credits in psychology at Old Dominion University.

The Elizabeth C. Guy Outstanding Psychology Academic Award is given each year to the graduating senior with the highest overall grade point average. To be eligible, a student will have completed a minimum of 60 hours at Old Dominion University by graduation. Further, the student will have completed a minimum of 18 psychology credits at Old Dominion University. In the case where two or more students meet the criteria and have identical GPAs, the student with the highest number of credit hours earned at Old Dominion University will receive the award.

Advanced Placement

The Department of Psychology offers course credit for PSYC 201S and PSYC 203S through testing procedures or Advanced Placement credit from the College Board exam. Students may also earn credit for some courses via experiential learning options. Interested students should visit the Undergraduate Program office MGB 246 for more information or refer to the section on Experiential Learning in this Catalog.

PSYCHOLOGY Courses

PSYC 201S. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the scientific study of psychology, including the methods used to gather and interpret data. The student is introduced to fundamental terms, theories, and concepts dealing with the biological bases of behavior; learning; perception; cognition and intelligence; personality; psychological disorders; human development; and social processes. An emphasis is placed on application of concepts and critical thinking.

PSYC 203S. Lifespan Development. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. A broad contemporary view of the processes of development. The influences of biological and environmental factors in the development of personality and cognitive functioning are explored.

PSYC 226S. Honors: Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Open only to students in the Honors College. A special honors section of PSYC 201S.

PSYC 227S. Honors: Lifespan Development. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Open only to students in the Honors College. A special honors section of PSYC 203S.

PSYC 303. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of instructor. An application of psychological principles and research to human behavior in work settings. Among the topics covered are personnel selection, training, and evaluation; employee motivation and job satisfaction; and organizational leadership and theory.

PSYC 304. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. The behavior of the individual as affected by other people and groups. Interpersonal attraction, attitude change, group dynamics, and the application of psychology to social problems are among the topics covered.

PSYC 306. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. Course examines how psychological states (e.g., anxiety, stress) influence physical health. The course also examines how physical states (e.g., illness, pain, injury) influence psychological health. Topics include the impact of stress on health and proneness to illness; coping with illness, injury and trauma; and the role of health-enhancing behaviors in maintaining physical health.

PSYC 308. Positive Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. This course examines and discusses psychological theories and research that focus on human strengths and potential. Factors that contribute to happiness and a fulfilling life are emphasized. Lectures, self-assessments and experiential exercises are used to understand how to cultivate a meaningful life.

PSYC 311. Psychology of Criminal Behavior. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. The study of crime from a psychological perspective. Topics include theories of criminal behavior, violent and non-violent crime, sexual offenses, insanity, addiction, white collar crime, and other criminal behaviors.

PSYC 317. Quantitative Methods. 4 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours; 4 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S and STAT 130M or higher general education math requirement with a final grade of C (2.0) or higher. The application of statistical principles to psychological research problems, including an introduction to the principles of experimental design.

PSYC 318W. Research Methods in Psychology. 4 Credits.

An examination of the principles of psychological research. Experimental design and interpretation are stressed. The student learns to locate and read technical articles and to report his or her own research in the style of the American Psychological Association. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C and PSYC 317 with at least a grade of C (2.0). (This is a writing intensive course.).

PSYC 321. Psychology of the Exceptional Child. 2,3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or PSYC 203S. A study of the psychological development of the child with physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and educational disabilities.

PSYC 322. The Psychology of Adolescence. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or PSYC 203S. A survey of the processes of development during adolescence. Covers topics such as the influences of biological, emotional, social, and cognitive factors on personality development and adjustment of the adolescent.

PSYC 323. Psychology of Women. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An examination of the major determinants of the psychology of women from theoretical, biological, interpersonal and sociocultural perspectives.

PSYC 325. Drugs and Behavior. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. An examination of the effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and the factors involved in drug use. Current research literature is discussed.

PSYC 334. Social Development. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S. This course provides students with theories and research on the development of social processes from birth to adolescence. Major theories of social development and research are examined.

PSYC 343. Personnel Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 303. The application of psychological principles and research to the development and improvement of personnel subsystems in business and industry. Emphasis is placed on the assessment, selection and training of workers and manager. While not required, PSYC 317 is recommended.

PSYC 344. Human Factors. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 318W. The application and evaluation of psychological principles and research relating human behavior to the design of tools, technology, and the work environment.

PSYC 345. Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 303. This course emphasizes the study of human behavior in organizations. Topics include leadership, motivation, group behavior, communications, power and politics, and organization change.

PSYC 351. Child Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S or 201S. The development of children within their diverse environments is examined. A focus is on the methods used to understand how children experience their world.

PSYC 352. Cognitive Development During Childhood. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 203S. The course will acquaint the student with theories and research on the development of cognitive processes from birth to adolescence. Major theories of cognitive development and research on the various cognitive processes will be reviewed.

PSYC 353. The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC 201S, 203S, or 304. The study of adults with emphasis on aging. Current theories and research as well as the characteristics, life styles, and activities of adulthood and aging will be discussed.

PSYC 363. Psychology of Sex. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. A study of critical issues in human sexuality; gender and sexual identity, sexual arousal and erotic behavior, relationship development, and sexual dysfunction and deviation disorders.

PSYC 368. Internship in Psychology. 3 Credits.

3 credits. For ODU psychology majors only. Prerequisites: PSYC 317, PSYC 318W (pre- or corequisite) and permission of the instructor. Students engage in academically relevant work related activities in non-clinical settings. Available for pass/fail grading only. Students should work with the Career Management Center to identify their placement in the semester prior to enrollment. A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 368 and/or 369 can be counted towards the major in Psychology. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

PSYC 369. Practicum in Clinical Psychology. 3 Credits.

3 credits. For ODU psychology majors only. Co- or Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W; at least 80 earned credits hours; at least 14 hours in Psychology at the 300/400 level; and permission of the instructor. Students engage in academically relevant work activities in clinical settings. Available for pass/fail grading only. Students should work with the Career Management Center to identify their placement in the semester prior to enrollment. Instructor approval is required prior to registration. A maximum of 6 credits of PSYC 368 and/or 369 can be counted towards the major in Psychology. (qualifies as a CAP experience).

PSYC 371. Clinical Supervision in Psychology. 1 Credit.

Lecture 1 hour; 1 credit. Corequisite: PSYC 369 or 368. Students doing practica at designated clinical placements must also enroll in this course taught by a clinical faculty member. This seminar addresses the special issues in the areas of safety, confidentiality, and professionalism that arise in clinical settings. Students doing non-clinical internships may also enroll in the course. A maximum of 2 credits of PSYC 371 can be counted towards the major in psychology.

PSYC 395. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered on a regular basis.

PSYC 396. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered on a regular basis.

PSYC 400. Senior Seminar. 1 Credit.

Discussion of current research, theoretical, and professional topics in psychology. Prerequisites: senior standing and minimum GPA of 3.25.

PSYC 403. History of Psychology. 2,3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A survey of the historical development of modern psychology. The major systems and their influences on contemporary American psychology are studied.

PSYC 405. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A study of psychopathology, covering various behavior disorders, their descriptions, characteristics, and causation. Methods of therapeutic technique are reviewed.

PSYC 408. Theories of Personality. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. A study of the structure of personality and the dimensions along which individuals differ. The contributions of major personality theorists and the implications of current research are considered.

PSYC 410. Human Cognition. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An investigation of the ways in which people learn and think. Current models of human memory and cognition are considered in relation to the evidence on human thinking capabilities. The role of language in thought and knowledge acquisition is also explored.

PSYC 412. Psychological Tests. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An examination of the history, theory and applications of psychological testing.

PSYC 413. Sensation and Perception. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An analysis of the processes by which humans obtain information about the environment through the eyes, ears, and other sensory systems.

PSYC 414. Principles of Learning. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. Course focuses on basic learning principles and processes; classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, discrimination, attention, appetitive and aversive conditioning.

PSYC 417. Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W, or permission of the instructor. The course covers advanced statistical methods and computer applications that build on knowledge and skills acquired in PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W.

PSYC 420. Cross-Cultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. A wide variety of psychological research and theory relevant to human behavior in different cultures is examined and the impact of culture on human behavior is discussed. The course examines cross-cultural research conducted by scholars around the world. In addition to factual knowledge, emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving.

PSYC 424. Physiological Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. An investigation of the biological bases of behavior including mental illness, motivation, learning, memory and language.

PSYC 430. Animal Behavior. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. This course explores the environmental and social factors that affect the behavior of animals. Special attention is given to the mechanisms of behavior and the evolutionary context of behavior.

PSYC 431. Community Psychology. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on behavioral prevention and intervention efforts targeting social problems. The goal is to understand how to design and evaluate such programs. Topics vary, but include an emphasis on public health and safety issues. Individual and group behavior change, and cultural design, are each considered when targeting problems.

PSYC 460. Psychology of African Americans. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. This course examines the issues and perspectives related to the psychological evolution of African Americans in the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on exploring the discipline of psychology from an Afrocentric focus.

PSYC 461. Drug Abuse and Dependence. 3 Credits.

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S. This course offers an intensive review and clinical analysis of the issues and problems associated with addictive behavior with an emphasis on alcohol abuse and dependency.

PSYC 487. Honors Program in Psychology. 3 Credits.

For ODU psychology majors only. With psychology faculty supervision, student develops an honors thesis proposal for approval by the Psychology Honors Program committee. See section on Honors Program in Psychology in this Catalog. Prerequisites: PSYC 497; cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and psychology GPA of 3.50 or higher; permission of the departmental Honors Program chair.

PSYC 488. Honors Program in Psychology. 3 Credits.

For ODU psychology majors only. With psychology faculty supervision, student conducts the supervised honors research and documents it in a thesis for approval by the Psychology Honors Program committee. Student also participates in a required seminar to discuss and present the research. See section on Honors Program in Psychology in this Catalog. Prerequisites: PSYC 497; cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and psychology GPA of 3.50 or higher; permission of the departmental Honors Program chair.

PSYC 489. Readings in Psychology. 3 Credits.

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: approval by supervisory faculty member and department. The course may be taken only once. An individualized course in which the student does library research and writes a paper.

PSYC 490. Readings in Psychology. 3 Credits.

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: approval by supervisory faculty member and department. The course may be taken only once. An individualized course in which the student does library research and writes a paper.

PSYC 495. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered regularly. These special topics will appear in the Schedule of Classes booklet each semester.

PSYC 496. Topics. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: PSYC 201S or permission of the instructor. The department offers selected topics that may not be offered regularly. These special topics will appear in the Schedule of Classes booklet each semester.

PSYC 497. Supervised Research. 3 Credits.

For ODU psychology majors only. Student and faculty supervisor develop and approve a contract of required research activities for the semester, such as attending research lab meetings, data collection, coding and/or analysis, library research, etc. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W, GPA of 2.5, pre-approval by psychology faculty supervisor.

PSYC 498. Supervised Research. 3 Credits.

For ODU psychology majors only. Student and faculty supervisor develop and approve a contract of required research activities for the semester, such as attending research lab meetings, data collection, coding and/or analysis, library research, etc. Prerequisites: PSYC 317 and PSYC 318W, GPA of 2.5, pre-approval by psychology faculty supervisor.