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  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology

    An examination of the individual within a social context. The course covers current psychological theories regarding how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others. Topics include self-concept, social cognition, social influence, and social relationships. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 353: Theories of Personality

    An examination of major theories of personality from the late 1800s to the present. The course focuses particularly on founders and influential theorists associated with the major theories. Each theory is examined in terms of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: PSYC 150. This course is open to juniors and seniors. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 356: Cross-Cultural Psychology

    An examination of culture’s influence on behavior and thought. Students are expected to develop an understanding of cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. Students have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning experience throughout the semester and visit culturally relevant sites on a class trip. The course includes explorations of cross-cultural perspectives on cognition, intelligence, health, emotion, communication, human development, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 356B: Cross-Cultural Psychology

    An examination of culture’s influence on behavior and thought. Students are expected to develop an understanding of cultural diversity from a psychological perspective. Students participate in a cultural--learning experience throughout the term. The course includes exploration of cross-cultural perspectives on cognitive, intelligence, health, emotions, communication, human development, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fourth term. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 357: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Counseling

    An introduction to the theories of counseling and psychotherapy with some concentration on practicing the skills that constitute the counseling process. Class members observe and practice applications and implementation of techniques in the therapeutic process. The course encourages a balanced view of the major contributions, strengths, and limitations of various therapies. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 358: Abnormal Psychology

    A careful consideration of the data and principles which have proved helpful in interpreting deviations from normal behavior. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 370: Childhood Psychopathology

    A course exploring the concept of childhood psychopathology. The course examines the current methods of assessing and treating psychopathology, describes a number of childhood behavior disorders, and explores the etiology, treatment, and current controversies in each area. Offered fall term even years beginning fall 2016. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 370M: Childhood Psychopathology

    A course exploring the concept of childhood psychopathology. The course examines the current methods of assessing and treating psychopathology, describes a number of childhood behavior disorders, and explores the etiology, treatment, and current controversies in each area. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 380: Media Effects on Children and Adolescents

    A seminar course in media literacy with an emphasis on the psychological, social, and educational effects on children and adolescents. The course includes discussion of the evolving nature of media and laws governing them. Such media include television, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, music, and interactive video games. Discussion and assignments focus on the relative impact of these media on things such as body image, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, sociability, morality, and cognitive development. An emphasis is placed on becoming a media literacy advocate within one’s own family, school, and community. Offered occasionally. Cross-listed as COMM 380 and EDUC 380. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 401: History and Systems of Psychology

    An overview of the historical context as well as the social and cultural milieus in which contemporary psychological theories evolved. History and Systems of Psychology is a capstone course and should be taken in the senior year. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 410: Central Appalachia

    An examination of the use of the natural and human resources of the Appalachian region and the consequences for the region and its people by the consumption of these resources. Students will examine the wealth of resources, both natural and human, that have fueled the economic development of the United States through the nation’s industrial history as well as the effects of multiple factors on the people of the region. This class includes both in-class and fieldwork experiences. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 422: Learning and Cognition

    A study of basic principles of learning, cognition, and memory and their applications. The controversy of the relative effects of nature and nurture on learning is studied, as are types of learning and cognition and their methods of acquisition. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 427: Physiological Psychology

    An examination of current developments in the field of physiological psychology. The course includes an exploration of the physiological bases of emotion, sleep, sexual behavior, hunger and thirst, learning and memory, psychopathology, and drug use and abuse. Prerequisites: PSYC 150 and 259. Offered every spring. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 435: Child Sexual Abuse

    An examination of current research and theory regarding child sexual abuse, including prevalence, causes, dynamics, consequences, and prevention. Attention is given to treatment approaches and techniques in working with individuals and families involved in sexual abuse situations. This course is open to juniors and seniors. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 470: Human Sexuality

    An examination of human sexuality from physiological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual perspectives. Sexuality will be viewed from within a Christian value framework. The course is open to juniors and seniors. Offered fall term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • PSYC 489: Directed Readings

    A supervised program of readings which provides for study of material not included in the regular course offerings. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • PSYC 490: Directed Studies

    A program of readings and conferences which provides for individualized study. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • PSYC 491: Field Work in Psychology

    Supervised field work in various institutions and agencies, including children’s homes, schools, homes for the aging, delinquency and probation programs and work with other agencies. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered every term. Three to six semester hours.

  • PSYC 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. To be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • PSYC 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PSYC 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • PSYC 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • SOCL 195: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote lectures, discussion, research, and writing at an introductory level in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. One to three semester hours.

  • SOCL 201: Introduction to Sociology

    A scientific study of human society and the various means by which individuals and groups adjust to each other and to their physical and social environment. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 210: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    A study of the dynamics of culture and society: folkways, mores, and institutions and their significance for comprehending the variations in contemporary cultural orientations, customs, and manners. Available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered spring semester. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 211: Social Problems

    An application of sociological perspectives to understanding major problems confronted in American society and internationally. Topics include crime and delinquency; poverty; homelessness; substance abuse; family and sexual violence; urban problems; ethnic, racial, and political conflicts; and the social dimensions of environmental issues. This course involves students in a semester-long service-learning project serving the poor and homeless in the local community. Offered every fall. . Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 231: Introduction to Cultural Leadership

    This course is an exploration of social and cultural diversity as both a Christian value and an educational resource that equips students to serve in a diverse and interdependent world. Topics include: spiritual and biblical understandings of diversity; majority and minority relations in the U.S.; social contexts and structures of inequality and injustice; diversity leadership on college campuses; cultural worldviews and cultural humility; student leadership development and practice. Offered every fall. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 250: Social Issues on Film: From Hollywood to Bollywood

    An examination of contemporary social issues through the lens of popular cultural images, particularly as portrayed in films. The course will utilize both American-made and international films, from Hollywood to Bollywood. Films, articles, and discussions will focus on issues of social life and social justice, including such topics as racism and civil and indigenous rights, problems in schools, family violence, consumerism, slavery and sex trafficking, the impact of environmental damage on communities, poverty, and immigration. Offered spring term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 303: Family

    A study of the social significance of the modern American family viewed in the perspective of its cultural heritage. Available to juniors and seniors. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 312: Gender and Society

    An examination of the social construction of femininity and masculinity and their consequences for individuals and societies. Topics include biological theories of gender differences, cross-cultural comparisons of gender expectations, childhood socialization, gender and the educational system, language and the media, gender and relationships, work and economic issues, and body image and health issues. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 314: Race and Ethnic Relations

    A study of racial and cultural contacts and conflicts, including an analysis of prejudice and discrimination, status and participation of minority groups, and national and international aspects of minority problems. Prerequisite: SOCL 201. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 321: Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement

    An exploration of current social science literature on death, dying and bereavement. The approach is cross-cultural, even though the concentration is on death and dying customs and practices in North America. Topics include causes and prevention of suicide; funeral customs and planning; living wills; issues concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide; children’s experiences with death and bereavement; capital punishment; widowhood; and varied individual and cultural perspectives on the meaning of death. Offered fall term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 360: Aspects of Intercultural Studies

    A study of inductive and theoretical analyses of the various challenges which result when people from different cultures come into sustained contact and their differing cultural systems (e.g., family life, politics, economics, etc.) intersect in the contemporary world, with special attention to (1) effective approaches to meeting the challenges, and (2) effective communicative strategies. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 380: Principles of Social Work

    An introduction to the profession of social work and an overview of the professional knowledge, skills, and values necessary for generalist social work practice. The student is introduced to the historical evolution of social work, the history of social welfare, the various fields of social work practice, and general systems theory. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 381: Social Welfare Policies and Services

    A study of social welfare policy, its theoretical orientations and philosophical underpinnings, as well as private and public social programs and issues which comprise the United States welfare system. Attention is given to those social policies/programs which have a major impact on generalist social work practice. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 401: Sociological Research

    An introduction to the logic and design of social research including methods of sample selection, questionnaire design, data collection, and informed interpretation of social science data. Prerequisite: SOCL 201 or permission of instructor. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 410: Central Appalachia

    An examination of the use of the natural and human resources of the Appalachian region and the consequences for the region and its people by the consumption of these resources. Students examine the wealth of resources, both natural and human, that have fueled the economic development of the United States through the nation’s industrial history as well as the effects of multiple factors on the people of the region. This class includes both in-class and fieldwork experiences. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 413: Seminar in Aging

    An application of sociological principles, theories, and research findings to the understanding of the process of aging, the relationship of the aged to other segments of the population, and aging in other cultures. Topics include economic needs and resources of older people, issues of health and health care, work and retirement, psychological and physical changes, marriage and other relationships, and death and bereavement. This course involves students in a semester-long service-learning project serving persons aged 65 or older in the local community. Offered spring term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 421: Sociology of Religion

    A study of the dynamic relationships between religious and other social institutions with special attention to the contemporary American religious scene. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 440: The Religions, Peoples, & Cultures of Africa

    An introduction to the continent and peoples of Africa. Topics include African history, geography, religious life, cultural diversity, historical and current events on the African continent, and missions in Africa. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 451: Sociological Theory

    A broad survey of sociological thought from the classical theorists in the nineteenth century to cutting-edge developments in the 21st century. Prerequisite: The prerequisite for sociology majors and traditional sociology minors is SOCL 201. Students pursuing the modified sociology minor for Bible majors with a missions concentration may have SOCL 210 as their prerequisite for this course. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 461: Dynamics of Culture Change

    A study of the identification of the processes of culture change, both internal and external, and critical study of theories offered to account for culture change. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 470: Health, Illness, and Health Care Systems

    This course uses the sociological perspective to analyze illness and health, and to examine medical and health care systems. Topics include social and behavioral influences on illness, health-care funding issues, historical and contemporary issues in nurse-physician relationships, patients’ rights issues, and health issues concerning specific groups such as rural people, ethnic minority group members, people with long-term disabilities, children and teenagers, the poor, the homeless, and women. Usually offered fall term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • SOCL 489: Directed Readings

    A supervised program of readings which provides for study of material not included in the regular course offerings. TBA. One to three semester hours.

  • SOCL 490: Directed Studies

    A program of readings and conferences which provides for individualized study. To be arranged. One to three semester hours.

  • SOCL 491: Field Work in Sociology

    Supervised field work in various institutions and social service agencies including children’s homes and after school care programs, homes for the aging, local agencies serving the poor and homeless, and other persons in need. Students may develop other options, including international study opportunities, in collaboration with the instructor. Prerequisite: SOCL 201 and consent of the instructor. To be arranged. Three or six semester hours.

  • SOCL 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Topics considered vary from semester to semester. To be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • SOCL 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • SOCL 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • SOCL 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.