Psychology courses offered at Wenatchee Valley College contribute to the social sciences requirement (15 credits) for the associate of arts and sciences degree. In addition, students may develop individual interests through independent studies. Special courses designed to deal with unique subjects or timely topics are occasionally offered.
Offers an overview of psychology as a scientific study. Theories and research findings concerning many major branches of psychology will be examined. Application of psychology concepts to school, family, work and other life settings will be taught and discussed. Critical thinking about psychology concepts will be emphasized. Prerequisites: College-level reading, writing and study skills.
A study of psychological adjustment, personal growth and personality. These factors are examined from various psychological orientations with applications and insight into one’s own life, relationships and environmental situations. This course is not to be used in place of formal counseling. This course will not serve as a prerequisite for more advanced psychology courses.
An examination of the developmental changes occurring throughout the entire life span from conception to death. Particularly emphasized are physical, emotional, cognitive, moral and social development, and application of theories and knowledge to real world applications. Various theories of development will be examined. Prerequisites: PSYC& 100.
This course examines human sexuality from the psychological, biological, sociocultural and historical perspectives. Students will be encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values and behaviors. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate about sexuality with a greater degree of effectiveness. Prerequisites: college-level reading and study skills, PSYC& 100.
Examines the major psychology theories related to sport. A broad overview of topics including the history of sports psychology, personality and motivation, leadership, gender and cultural issues, team dynamics and psychological skills training will be covered. Current topics and issues relevant to sport psychology will be explored.
Introduction to psychopathology and abnormal behavior. Theories, major diagnostic categories, issues and ethics in diagnosis and treatment will be emphasized. Cultural influences and access to resources are also discussed. Prerequisites: PSYC&100.
A theoretical and practical study of social psychology including social cognition, social influence and social relations. Small groups, mass media, advertising, propaganda, the role of nature and nurture, cognition, discrimination/prejudice, persuasion, conformity, obedience, aggression, and attraction are among the topics considered. Small-group experiences included. Prerequisites: PSYC&100.