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Psychology can be considered from a variety of perspectives such as a natural or biological science, a behavioral or social science, an applied or professional field, or a set of experiential or humanistic concerns. The MA in Psychology is designed to prepare students seeking community college or high school social science teaching positions and to offer professional enrichment to teachers already in the classroom. The Doctoral Preparation emphasis provides appropriate research experience for students wishing to enter a doctoral program elsewhere.
Graduate Programs in Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers an MA in Psychology, with three separate emphases. Each degree emphasis has its own admission and course requirements. Interested students must request application materials from the Department of Psychology and apply directly to the department for admission in addition to applying to the University as a post-baccalaureate student.
Master of Arts in Psychology
This 45-unit MA program is designed with three emphases:
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION INTO THE MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY
Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program should first secure application materials from the Department of Psychology. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Psychology. Students must also apply to the Office of Admissions and Records for admission to the University; this application for general admission at the post-baccalaureate level will be processed by the University. Offers of admission by the Department are made on a quarterly basis. Complete applications must be submitted by the third Friday of a quarter in order to be admitted for the succeeding quarter. Deadlines are listed on informational sheets and are available from the Department, the Psychology Graduate Coordinator, and the departmental Home Page on the World Wide Web, www.csub.edu/psychology/
To be considered for admission to the MA program, the student must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
The Department of Psychology determines the studentís initial classification level prior to admission as well as all subsequent changes in that level.
Conditionally classified level -- Students who have completed most but not all of the requirements for admission at the classified level (see below) and show promise of success may be admitted at the conditionally classified level. Students admitted at the conditionally classified level who complete all admission requirements or alternate requirements specified in the offer of admission will be moved to the classified level but may take no more than 15 units applicable to the MA degree prior to achieving classified standing. Students at the conditionally classified level are not allowed to begin a thesis or take a comprehensive exam.
Classified level -- Students who meet all of the requirements for admission will be admitted at the classified level. Classified graduate students may take any graduate level course meeting the requirements of their Plan of Study as long as the appropriate prerequisites have been met.
Candidate level -- Classified level students will be advanced to candidate level in the term in which they intend to graduate and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the Plan of Study and have completed the graduation writing requirement. Students must also receive positive faculty evaluations concerning their effectiveness and responsibility in interpersonal relationships and in meeting academic and professional responsibilities.
Students must complete an empirical thesis under the direction of a three-person Thesis Committee. A separate document details the thesis requirement.
The student must complete ten units of Psychology 688 with grades of "B" (3.0) or better under the direction of at least two Psychology faculty. No more than 10 units of PSYC 688 (and no units of PSYC 698) may be applied toward the degree. Permission to re-enroll in this course requires successful performance in all prior enrollments. The student must develop a portfolio documenting all teaching experience and must receive certification from faculty sponsors that, across the mentored teaching situations, each of the required teaching activities has been successfully conducted. The Department maintains a list of the required teaching activities.
Part of the mentored teaching experience
may be modified or waived for students who are experienced teachers. These
changes must be approved by the Comprehensive Examination Committee and
the Chair of the Department of Psychology.
The student must pass a comprehensive examination which covers three areas of Psychology commonly taught at community colleges. The specific areas will be selected by the student from the list maintained by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Students may select other specialty areas with the permission of the Comprehensive Examination Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator.
Students must complete a critical literature review thesis under the direction of a three-person Thesis Committee. A separate document details the thesis requirement.
Selected courses in Counseling Psychology may be appropriate for graduate degree credit. Selection must be done with permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator in accord with the individualís Plan of Study.
Advising -- A studentís Thesis or Comprehensive Examination Committee Chair will serve as the academic advisor. Until this person has been selected, the Graduate Program Coordinator will be the studentís academic advisor. The student and academic advisor will prepare a Plan of Study and submit it for approval.
To graduate with the MA degree, a student must meet the following requirements:
To be in Good Standing, a student must maintain at the end of each term of enrollment a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses taken to meet degree requirements. Students not in Good Standing must formally request permission (and receive written approval) to enroll in additional graduate courses. The Psychology Graduate Committee will review the explanations and plans set forth in the petition and make a decision whether to permit continued enrollment and what conditions must be met for a return to Good Standing.
An examination of the major techniques used for quantitative analysis in contemporary behavioral science, including basic tests of significance, measures of association, bivariate and multiple regression, factor analysis, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, and computer techniques of data compilation and analysis. Prerequisite: A college-level course in statistics. Carries credit in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. [F]
PSYC 501 Advanced Research Design and Methodology in Psychology (5)
Advanced examination of research designs and methods in psychological research. Conducting literature reviews, analyzing research studies, designing research strategies, selecting appropriate data analysis techniques, and interpreting research results. Ethical considerations in the conduct of human and animal research. Prerequisites: PSYC 300 and BEHS 500. [W]
PSYC 510 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence (4) (Formerly PSYC 510.001)
Focus on the developmental transitions from infancy through adolescence. Topics include biological basis of development, cognitive development, emotional development, personality development, social development, agents of socialization, the role of the family in development, and cultural and environmental influences on development. . Prerequisite: PSYC 310. [W]
PSYC 511 Human Development: Adulthood
and Aging (4)
(Formerly PSYC 510.002)
Focus on the developmental transitions throughout adulthood. Topics include psychophysiological changes, cognitive development and intellectual functioning, personality consistency and change, consistency and change in social roles, including family membership, divorce, and step-parenting, variety of lifestyles, gender and ethnic differences, and issues regarding sickness and death. . Prerequisite: PSYC 310. [S]
BEHS 512 Advanced Social Psychology (5)
(For course description, see listing under "Interdisciplinary Courses.") [S-odd years]
PSYC 516 Dynamics of Personality (5)
Critical examination of major approaches to the study of personality. May be broad or focus intensively on any one of the following approaches: developmental, drive and motivational, structural, and/or trait. Special attention to the application of personality constructs to psychodiagnostic assessment and psychotherapeutic intervention. Prerequisite: PSYC 316. [W]
PSYC 540 Human Sexuality (4)
Examination of the major variables affecting human sexuality. Includes the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. Special attention to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions and to the relationship between sexual dysfunction and intimate interpersonal relationships. Not available for undergraduate credit. [S]
PSYC 575 History and Systems in Psychology (5)
Historical analysis of the development of modern psychology as a science and the examination of its many strands--the evolution of research and theory, important figures and systematic positions, methods of thought and work, social and intellectual contexts--which have contributed to its pattern of development. Lectures/discussion, and special student projects. Prerequisite: Three upper division courses in Psychology. [S]
PSYC 577 Special Topics in Psychology (1-5)
Offered periodically as announced. Topics of special interest to graduates and senior students. May be repeated for different course content. Specific prerequisites will be indicated with each announced course. [F, W, S]
PSYC 602 Seminar in Organizational Psychology (5)
Examination and application of theories and concepts pertaining to the behavior of individuals in contemporary work organizations. Deals with those factors which affect the ability of individuals in contemporary work organizations. Deals with those factors which affect the ability of individuals and groups of individuals to work effectively within the structure and climate of complex organizations. Topics deal with issues associated with individual values, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations as they affect the management processes, including leadership, decision-making, and communication. Prerequisites: At least one upper division course in Psychology and MGMT 300 or permission of instructor. [Variable Quarters]
PSYC 680 Directed Graduate Research Seminar in Psychology (5)
Elaboration of principles of research design. Student conducts and writes up an individual or group study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: PSYC 300 and consent of instructor. [Variable Quarters]
PSYC 681 Directed Graduate Research in Psychology (1-5)
Student designs and conducts a research project and writes a final report under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor who will serve as a sponsor, approval by chair of Department of Psychology. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only, except for students preparing for a thesis in the MA in Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 688 Practicum in Teaching Psychology (3-5 units)
Theory and practice in teaching psychology for students in the MA in Psychology (Community College Teaching emphasis). Regular meetings with faculty sponsor and supervised experience which may include course and syllabus development; lecturing; tutoring; developing, administering, and scoring examinations; developing and grading paper assignments; leading discussion groups; setting up and supervising laboratories, projects, or classroom activities; and in-depth directed readings of relevant topics. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty sponsor and approval by Chair of Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 694 Critical Literature Review Masterís Thesis (5)
Critical literature review in an approved area of psychology conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee. Preparation of an approved proposal, carrying out the approved library research, preparation of a final report in accord with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and an oral explanation and defense of the thesis. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite: Limited to classified level students in the MA in Psychology (General Psychology emphasis) with the approval of the thesis committee chair and Chair of the Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 695 Empirical Masterís Thesis (5)
Empirical research in an approved area of psychology conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee. Preparation of an approved proposal, carrying out the approved empirical research, preparation of a final report in accord with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and an oral explanation and defense of the thesis. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite: Limited to classified level students in the MA in Psychology (Doctoral Preparation emphasis) with the approval of the thesis committee chair and Chair of the Department of Psychology. [By Petition]
PSYC 698 Directed Graduate Study in the Instruction of Psychology (1-5)
Theory and method in undergraduate and graduate instruction in psychology. Weekly meetings with faculty sponsor and supervised experience which may include administering and developing examinations, proctoring self-paced instructional units, course development, discussion group leadership, treatment simulation supervision, observing psychological test administrations, and in-depth directed readings of relevant topics. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor who will serve as sponsor, and approval by Chair of Department of Psychology whose responsibility it is to monitor the appropriateness of the studentís responsibilities. [By Petition]
PSYC 699 Individual Graduate Study (1-5)
Investigation of an approved project leading to a written report. Project selected in conference with professor in area of major interest; regular meetings to be arranged with professor. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. [By Petition]