NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

PSYC 1150    General Psychology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.



PSYC 1160    Introduction to Psychology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

This course provides an in-depth introduction to psychology. Topics may include history of psychology; research methods; physiological psychology; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning; memory; cognition; motivation; emotion; personality; stress, health and coping; abnormal behavior, therapy; social psychology; human development; sexuality; and gender. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.



PSYC 1165    Psychology of Adjustment     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     View Course Outline

This course is an in-depth look at the processes of normal human adjustment and their application in the student's life adjustment. A component of the course is diversity and dealing with diversity, specifically the development and changing group identities in the U. S.; an examination of the individual and institutional processes of unequal power between groups; an examination of the students' attitudes, behavior and beliefs about diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, bias and racism and bigotry; and experience in developing the necessary communication skills for living and working in a diverse society. Other topics may include goal setting and change processes, self-awareness and identity, physical and psychological health, stress and coping, interpersonal relationships and communication, emotions and motivation, social interactions, psychological growth and development, meaning and values, and decision making.



PSYC 1170    Psychology of Gender     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     View Course Outline

Psychology of Gender includes the theory and research relating to sexuality, gender roles and sexual orientation.



PSYC 1210    Child Development     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

This course focuses on psychological, intellectual, and physical development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics include general theoretical approaches and research methods in studying child and adolescent development, birth and the newborn child, and development in the following areas: prenatal, physical, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual, language, personality, social and atypical. Completion of General Psychology is helpful prior to taking this course.



PSYC 1220    Adult Development     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

As a psychological journey through the stages of adulthood, this course covers individual differences in adjustment strategies used to cope with typical problems from early adulthood to the time of dying and death.



PSYC 1250    Life Span Developmental Psychology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

Life Span Developmental Psychology examines continuity and change across the life span. The course examines the biological, cognitive, and social development of humans from conception through death. Topics will explore maturation, human growth experiences, transitions, and the various stages of psychological and physical development as key components influencing human behaviors.



PSYC 1990    Psychology Special Topics     Credits  1-4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



PSYC 2320    Abnormal Psychology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the origin, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders. Topics include historical and research issues, adjustment reactions to stress, neuroses, personality disorders, psychoses, types of psychotherapy, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150 or consent of instructor



PSYC 2330    Personality     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05     View Course Outline

This course provides a review of the major theories of personality which typically include the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and trait approaches. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150



PSYC 2340    Human Sexuality     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,07     View Course Outline

An overview of past and current research on human sexuality. The course will address: the human sexual response; models and sources of arousal; cultural influences on human sexual behavior and sexual diversity; emotional aspects of sexuality and sexual dysfunction; sexual communication, intimacy, dependency and jealousy; sexual exploration and courting behavior across the life span; atypical behavior, commercialized sex, and sexual coercion. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150



PSYC 2350    Multicultural Psychology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  05,08     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to diversity and multiculturalism within psychology. Students will have a broad understanding of extant research on diversity from a wide variety of perspectives including international perspectives. Topics covered include: culture and identity, group behavior, stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural research, and international research. Prerequisite: Psyc 1150 or consent of instructor and Spch 1310 is highly recommended