2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog


Chairperson: Dr. Steven I. Dworkin
Office: Waggoner Hall 100
Telephone: (309) 298-1593 Fax: (309) 298-2179
Website: wiu.edu/psychology

Faculty: Adkisson, Blankenship, Cruise, Diehl, Dunkel, Dworkin, Goodwin, Harbke, Hemenover, Herbstrith, Hetzel-Riggin, Intrieri, K. Kelly, R. Kelly, Knight, Lane, Laurent, Lindemann, Mathes, McClure, McFadden, Morgan, Reinhardt, Schmidt, Sears, Smead, Sotozaki.

Psychology is a scholarly and scientific discipline which attempts to understand and explain human behavior, and it is an applied profession which attempts to solve psychological problems and fulfill human potential. Psychology majors therefore acquire knowledge about the principles of human behavior and skill in the application of these principles.

Students seeking to understand why people behave and think as they do should consider a major or minor in psychology. The study of psychology prepares students for a wide range of careers in such areas as clinical services, counseling, business, industry, health care, testing, education, and behavioral research. It also prepares students for advancement to graduate studies or enrollment in professional schools. The department has several tracks within the major including forensic psychology, neuroscience, and substance abuse. The program in substance abuse provides the course work to become a licensed substance abuse counselor. Anyone whose future involves interacting with others will find the study and exploration of psychological principles valuable.

GradTrac is available. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum—Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science—Psychology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Psychology must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements: 55 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 10 s.h.
    PSY 100, 223, 323†, 499
  3. Departmental Electives: 27 s.h.
    1. Choose 18 s.h. from the following: PSY 340, 343, 344, 346, 422, 424, 427, 430, 451, 452, 454, 456
    2. Select 9 s.h. from any Psychology courses
      Note: At least 19 s.h. in the major must be taken at the 300–400 level.
  4. Any Minor: 16–20 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 8–12 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

†PSY 323 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Note: Certain courses taken in the major and minor may also fulfill University General Education requirements.


Minor in Psychology: 18 s.h.
  1. PSY 100: 3 s.h.
  2. Psychology Electives: 15 s.h.
Minor in Gerontology

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Minor in Forensic Psychology: 18 s.h.
  1. PSY 100, 453, 490*: 9 s.h.
  2. Select 6 hours from the following:: 6 s.h.
    PSY 221, 250, 251, 357, 380, 422, 424, 433, 451, 452, 454, 456, 457, 490*
  3. Select 3 hours from the following:: 3 s.h.
    ANTH 405; PHIL 205; POLS 319; SOC 255, 300, 355, 425, 445, 485; WS/SOC 435

*Seminar course—PSY 490 may be taken twice, once as a core requirement and once as a directed elective, but they must be on different topics in forensic psychology.

Minor in Neuroscience: 19–21 s.h.
  1. PSY 343, 443: 7 s.h.
  2. Choose two courses from the following: BIOL 340; PSY 444, 340, 344, 456; ZOOL 476*; Neuroscience Related Seminar BIOL 470 or PSY 490: 6–7 s.h.
  3. Choose two courses from the following: BIOL 330; CHEM 221, 330, 421, 422; KIN 270; PHIL 425; ZOOL 230, 231, 321, 420, 430; PSY 460 or 463 (lab experience or readings must be in the neuroscience area, 460 and 463 may account for 4 total s.h.): 6–7 s.h.

*Satisfies tier two requirement when offered as “Neurobiology.”

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Courses

The Department of Psychology offers six courses designed to provide students with the necessary academic background to pursue Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). These courses are consistent with the requirements of the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). Interested students should speak with an advisor for more information, as well as explore the certification process through the IAODAPCA website (iaodapca.org).

The six courses are:

  1. PSY 334 Perspectives on Substance Abuse (3 s.h.)
  2. PSY 335 Substance Abuse Assessment, Education and Case Management (3 s.h.)
  3. PSY 336 Ethics and Special Populations in Substance Abuse Treatment (3 s.h.)
  4. PSY 434 Substance Abuse Treatment Approaches and Techniques I (3 s.h.)
  5. PSY 435 Substance Abuse Treatment Approaches and Techniques II (3 s.h.)
  6. PSY 436 Substance Abuse Practicum (3 s.h.)

Course Descriptions


200 Introduction to Gerontology. (3) An introduction to gerontology, including a comprehensive and critical review of demographic, physiological, and psychosocial dimensions of aging-related issues and processes.


100 Introductory Psychology. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) An introduction to psychology including methods, theory, and data regarding the study of behavior. Topics include biological, social, learning, personality, motivation, and abnormal behavior. IAI: S6 900.

200 Careers in Psychology (1) An overview of career opportunities for psychology majors; includes information on preparation for immediate employment and graduate school. Students will develop their own career plan. Prerequisite: psychology major. Graded S/U only.

221 Psychology of Child Development. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) A presentation of the data and generalizations concerning the development of children from birth to adolescence. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or permission of instructor. IAI: S6 903.

223 Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design. (4) Familiarizes the student with the logic of experimental design, the use of statistical procedures, the rationale of measurement techniques, and the reporting of research results in the behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and must have completed the University General Education Curriculum baccalaureatelevel skills in mathematics requirement; psychology major or permission of instructor.

250 Human Social Behavior. (3) (General Education/ Social Sciences) An introduction to the influences of social factors on behavior. Topics include helping, aggression, interpersonal attraction, attitudes, prejudice, and behavior in groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or permission of instructor. IAI: S8 900.

251 Personality and Adjustment. (3) (General Education/Social Sciences) An introduction to the study of personality and its relation to human behavioral adjustment emphasizing such topics as relating to others, stress management, needs, values, and self-esteem. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or permission of instructor.

323 Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology. (3) An introduction to the use of scientific methods in the study of behavior. Techniques in designing, conducting, and reporting psychological research are covered. Lectures and laboratory. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: PSY 223 with a grade of C or better and ENG 280.

334 Perspectives on Substance Abuse. (3) This course is designed to provide students with a usable framework regarding the nature of substance abuse and dependence. Students will explore various perspectives on substance use, as well as current issues in its diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 251, or permission of instructor.

335 Substance Abuse Assessment, Education and Case Management. (3) This course is designed to provide an understanding of the roles of assessment, education, and case management in substance abuse treatment settings. Prerequisite: PSY 334.

336 Ethics and Special Populations in Substance Abuse Treatment. (3) This course is designed to familiarize students with relevant ethical and practice guidelines in substance abuse treatment, as well as with issues vital to effectively working with diverse populations. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and 251.

340 Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior. (3) A systematic presentation of the empirical findings concerning the acquisition, maintenance, and removal of behavioral patterns. Findings from the study of animal learning are stressed. Prerequisite: PSY 223 or permission of instructor.

343 Physiological Psychology. (3) An examination of physiological or biological psychology emphasizing the relationships between behavior and underlying physiological mechanisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 or ZOOL 200, and 6 s.h. of psychology coursework, or permission of instructor.

344 Perception. (3) A consideration of sensation and perception including color perception, constancies, and illusions. Prerequisite: PSY 223 or permission of instructor.

346 Motivation and Emotion. (3) The role of motives and emotions in the behavior of animals and humans including their physiological and psychological bases. Prerequisite: 6 s.h. of psychology coursework or permission of instructor.

357 (cross-listed with WS 357) Women and Work. (3) (General Education/Multicultural Studies) Examination of major psychological issues encountered by women entering the workforce, including career choice, combining work and family life, leadership, and inequities. Not open to students with credit in WS 357. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

360 Research Practicum (1, repeatable to 2) The course involves a research apprenticeship under the direction of a faculty member wherein the student will be involved in assisting faculty in conducting research and other relevant research activities. Prerequisites: 9 hours of psychology courses and a written contract with the student’s research supervisor.

380 Clinical Psychology. (3) A review of traditional and contemporary developments in clinical psychology with emphasis on recent developments in community mental health, nonbehavioral psychotherapy, group treatment, and clinical research. Prerequisite: PSY 251 or permission of instructor.

422 Adolescent Development. (3) A study of adolescence from the standpoints of growth and adjustment emphasizing the areas of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and, PSY 221 or EIS 201, or permission of instructor.

423 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging. (3) A survey of the adult years from early adulthood to old age and the dying process. Emphasis will be placed on psychological theories and research related to aging and its implications. Prerequisite: 9 s.h. in psychology coursework, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

424 Abnormal Psychology. (3) A consideration of the psychological factors in behavior disorders. The problems of recognizing, understanding, treating, and preventing these disorders are surveyed. Prerequisites: PSY 251 and junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. IAI: PSY 905.

425 Psychology of Exceptional Children. (3) A psychological approach to children above and below the normal range in learning and behavior characteristics. Examines assessment techniques, methods of remediation or enhancement, and relevant federal and state legislation. Prerequisite: PSY 221 or EIS 201, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

427 Health Psychology. (3) Examines how psychological theory and research have been used to study the behavioral, psychological, and social factors that affect physical health. Topics include how social scientists study coping with stress, pain, illness management, and prevention of unhealthy behaviors. Prerequisites: PSY 251 and 223, or permission of instructor.

430 History and Systems of Psychology. (3) A study of the important historical and contemporary schools of psychology. The systems of psychology are presented in an historical setting leading to an evaluation of trends in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 323 or permission of instructor.

434 Substance Abuse Treatment Approaches and Techniques I. (3) This course is designed to provide an introduction to basic therapy and counseling skills that are utilized in the treatment of substance abuse, as well as current brief therapy approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 334.

435 Substance Abuse Treatment Approaches and Techniques II. (3) This course is designed as an extension of Substance Abuse: Treatment Approaches and Techniques I. Through more extensive examination of theory, research and practice, students will be provided with information that guides the understanding and treatment of substance abuse problems. Prerequisite: PSY 434.

436 Substance Abuse Practicum. (3) This practicum will provide an opportunity for students to develop their individual and/or group substance abuse assessment and treatment skills through supervised work in a treatment center. Prerequisites: PSY 336 and 435, or permission of instructor.

442 Principles of Behavior Modification. (3) An application of learning principles to modification of human behavior emphasizing operant and respondent principles. Topics include autistic behavior, academic learning, rehabilitation, token economies. Prerequisite: 9 s.h. of psychology coursework, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

443 Principles of Neuroscience with Laboratory. (4) A study of the nervous system from a multidisciplinary perspective. This perspective emphasizes physiological, genetic, neurochemical, and psychological explanations of nervous system function. This class will include a 3-hour lecture component and a two-hour lab. Prerequisite: PSY 343; BIOL 330 or BIOL 340, or ZOOL 430, or CHEM 330, or CHEM 221, or KIN 270, or permission of instructor.

444 Biopsychology of Drugs and Addiction. (3) A systematic study of the relationships between drugs and psychological processes (i.e., psychopharmacology) with emphasis on the roles of the central nervous system, individual experience, and the environment in determining the outcome of drug use. Prerequisites: PSY 343 or ZOOL 200 or HE 123 or HE 442, or permission of the instructor.

451 Personality. (3) An advanced treatment of the major research concepts and theoretical formulations of personality emphasizing integration of personality with other areas such as learning and social psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 251 and an additional 6 s.h. of psychology coursework, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

452 Advanced Social Psychology. (3) A systematic and critical treatment of current topics in the field of social psychology with emphasis on problems in conducting social psychological research. Prerequisite: PSY 323 or permission of instructor.

453 Psychology and Law. (3) A comprehensive study of the interface between psychology and the legal system. Topics covered include the insanity defense, eyewitness memory, child interview procedures, and suspect interrogations. Prerequisite: 9 s.h. of psychology coursework, or permission of instructor.

454 Psychological Tests and Measurements. (3) A study of the basic concepts of measurement, commonly used tests in psychology, and major findings concerning group and individual differences. Prerequisites: PSY 323 or permission of instructor.

456 Cognitive Processes. (3) A survey of topical areas related to complex thought processes. Areas covered include: human conceptual behavior, psychology of language, thinking and problem solving, creativity and originality. Prerequisite: PSY 323 or permission of instructor.

457 Industrial/Organizational Psychology. (3) Examines the theory and application of psychological principles to business and other organizational settings. Topics include employee selection and evaluation, work motivation, work attitudes, leadership, and organizational change. Prerequisites: one course in statistics and either HRM 353 or PSY 100, or permission of instructor. IAI: PSY 906.

460 Individual Research in Psychology. (1–4, repeatable to 4) The student designs, carries out, and writes up a research project. Ordinarily, students enroll for two consecutive semesters of two hours credit each semester. This offering is strongly recommended for students planning to do graduate work in psychology. Prerequisites: open to majors in psychology having a GPA of at least 3.00 in psychology and a written contract with the student’s research supervisor.

463 Individual Reading in Psychology. (1–2, repeatable to 3) The student reads extensively on some topic in psychology, chosen in consultation with a psychology instructor, and prepares a written report on the topic. Ordinarily, a student will register for 1 s.h. of credit. Prerequisites: junior standing and a written contract with the student’s reading supervisor.

479 Practicum in Survey Research Methods. (3) Students will work one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project in survey research. This is the capstone course for the survey Research Methods minor, bringing together the theory and practice of survey research methods. Prerequisites: Successful completion of POLS/SOC 432, PSY 323, and at least 12 s.h. in the Survey Research Methods minor.

481 Fire-Related Human Behavior. (3) Considers fire related behavior in general including fire detection, suppression action, and evacuation behavior. Also considers fire-setting behavior, fire-prevention education, and eyewitness processes. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Open Learning Fire Service Program for in-service fire/safety personnel by the Director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach.

487 Field Experience. (1–15, repeatable to 15) Practicum course designed to provide supervised practical experiences in applied settings. Students actively participate in the service delivery systems of approved agencies and organizations. Prerequisites: junior or senior psychology major or gerontology minor, minimum GPA of 2.50 in psychology or gerontology coursework, and consent of field experience instructor. Concurrent registration in PSY 490 may be required. Graded S/U only.

490 Seminar. (1–3, repeatable to 12) Instructors of the department may present a seminar on some topic of interest. Seminar descriptions are posted outside of the psychology department main office prior to registration periods. Prerequisite: written permission of the instructor.

491 Honors Thesis in Psychology. (1–4, repeatable to 4) The preparation by an Honors student of an undergraduate psychology thesis under the direction of one or more members of the psychology department. Ordinarily, students enroll for two consecutive semesters, taking 3 s.h. in the first and 1 s.h. in the second. Prerequisite: Honors major in psychology with junior or senior standing.

499 Senior Comprehensive Exam. (0) An exam which all psychology majors must take during their senior year. Taking the exam will result in a grade of S. Prerequisite: senior standing.