Courses

Philosophy   

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
This course is an introduction to philosophy through the study and discussion of historical and contemporary writings. Topics may include reason, reality, knowledge, god, morality, politics, and aesthetics. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

PHI 220 Ethics
This course deals with the history of ethics, ethical theory, and contemporary ethical issues. This course covers the development of human reflections on moral good and evil in the context of the history of Western civilization. Moreover, this course focuses on issues of applied ethics related to fields such as bioethics, medical ethics, environmental ethics, professional ethics, and on the relationships between ethics, law, and political theory. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

PHI 301 Topics in Philosophy
This course offers a focused study of specific subjects in philosophy. Topics may include particular fields of philosophical investigation, periods in the history of Western philosophy, and non-Western philosophical traditions. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PHI 304 Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
This course covers issues such as theories of natural law, natural right, rights and duties, contracts, power, equality, democracy, tyranny, property, crimes and punishments, and war and peace. Authors may include Rousseau, Hume, Kant, the Federalists, Hegel, Mill, Marx, and Weber, and others. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

PSYCHOLOGY

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the many sub-fields of psychology and covers basic psychological concepts such as perception, memory, motivations, human development across the lifespan, psychopathology, and different therapeutic approaches. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology 
This course covers basic social concepts such as group affiliation and behaviors, as well as how people’s social thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors in interacting with other persons. Topics include social cognitions, conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, prejudice and stereotyping, violence and aggression, love and attraction, and how attitudes shape human behavior. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

PSY 200 Psychology Research Methods
Students will learn the scientific method and techniques to gather both quantitative and qualitative data to become more sophisticated consumers of research information. Students will design a psychology research project, conduct a literature review, and write a research paper describing the project. Prerequisites: STA 105, grades of C- or better in PSY 101 and PSY 102, and a declared major or minor in psychology. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.ll. 

PSY 202 Abnormal Psychology 
This course will introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Students will also examine the role of culture, assessing and measuring psychopathology, the major personality disorders, and cultural issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: grades of C- or better in all 100-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 203 Personality Theory
This course explores classical and current theories of personality across the major perspectives in psychology (e.g., psychoanalytic, biological, developmental, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, sociocultural), highlighting the contributions of each theory to personality description, assessment, research, therapy, and application. Prerequisites: grades of C- or better in all 100-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 301 Capstone Project
This course is intended to be an integrative project for students in the Psychology major and will be individually designed and directly supervised by a member of the Psychology faculty. The project will involve considerable interdisciplinary research and will result in a senior research project that will ultimately be a thesis proposal for PSY 401. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.5, junior standing, and approval of the proposal by the Psychology faculty. Cr. 1 (2 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

PSY 302 Developmental Psychology
This course introduces students to the research and theory of human development across the entire lifespan from birth to death. Emphasis is placed on the importance of understanding the influence of cultural contexts of development, including the impact of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, personal health, and safety. Relations between home, school, and community and their impact on development are also explored. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 303 Cognitive Psychology 
This course introduces students to the emerging interactions of psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, social media, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. It examines a variety of approaches to the study of how humans and other intelligent systems represent, understand, perceive, and use language, as well as learn and plan purposeful actions. Topics include perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem-solving, thinking, and reasoning. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 304 Physiological Psychology
This course examines the relationship between our underlying physiological systems and behavior. The topics investigated include neural communication, the anatomy of the nervous system, and the biological basis of sleep, reproductive behavior, stress, learning and memory, and mental disorders. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 305 Psychology of Social Change
This course is an introduction to the ecological and systems theories and their impact on human behavior, social institutions, culture, and other factors that influence the psychology of social change in individuals, groups, organizations, and whole communities. Students will apply community psychology theories to design a community intervention that addresses a specific social problem, creates and evaluates social change, and/or empowers marginalized groups to improve health and well-being. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 306 Topics in Psychology
This course will introduce students to a specific area of how psychological knowledge can be applied to solve real-world problems. Topics will be announced in advance to give students the opportunity to decide if these fit their interests and to judge their applicability to their major. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 100-, 200-, and 300-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 401 Research Project
This course is the culminating experience for students enrolled in the Psychology major. It involves ambitious research and is undertaken during the senior year. The topic of the project is the proposal completed in PSY 301. The final product is a research project of between 9,000 to 15,000 words. The project must be successfully defended before a committee consisting of the Psychology faculty and faculty from the student’s primary major. PSY 301 and PSY 401 are primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate programs in psychology. These courses give students the opportunity to explore specific issues in psychology through planned readings and discussions with faculty members. The emphasis is on an advanced research topic or applied intervention and is intended to give students the opportunity to think about psychological issues and social problems in depth. The minimum passing grade is a C. Prerequisite: completion of PSY 301 with a grade of B+ or better. Cr. 2 (4 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

PSY 402 Advanced Topics in Psychology
This course will give students the opportunity to learn a specific theoretical approach to psychology and to explore how to apply this knowledge in-depth. Topics will be announced in advance to give students the opportunity to decide if it fits their interests and to judge their applicability to their major. Topics could include the psychology of social change, public policy, mass communication, the social psychology of war and genocide, or how economic and ecological systems impact human behavior, social institutions, and culture. Students will apply this knowledge to produce and present an in-depth analysis of how understanding psychology can change the world. Prerequisite: grades of C- or better in all 100-, 200-, and 300-level PSY courses. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

PSY 481 Internship

Students with a declared major in psychology may seek faculty sponsorship for a psychology internship with an organization. Internship opportunities must have observable, measurable, and documented learning outcomes and consist of supervised, practical experience relevant to the major. An internship should last for a minimum of 80 working hours per credit hour. It is the student’s responsibility to find the host organization and to manage and negotiate the terms of the internship with the host organization; faculty can offer orientation and advice if needed. The student must secure faculty sponsorship of the internship, receive the Department’s and Dean of Faculty’s permission one semester in advance of the experience, and complete a learning contract. AUBG guidelines on internships must be met. Prerequisites: junior standing declared major in psychology, and agreement of the supervisor. Cr. 1-3 (2-6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

Religion

RLG 200 New Age Spirituality
This course provides a systematic analysis with case studies of contemporary, non-ecclesiastical Western religiosity. This analysis is based partly on skeptically revalued traditional Biblical spirituality, but mainly on a new exploration of universal divinity within the individuality that merges with a synthesis of Gnostic teachings, Eastern religious philosophies and psychologies (mostly Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist ones), and claims to represent an up-to-date interface between science and religion. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. WIC. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

RLG 201 Introduction to World Religions
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of human religion with particular emphasis on the origins, history, and teachings of the three Biblical religions. These religions are of crucial importance for the shaping of the modern civilization, and understanding their similarities and differences improves every individual’s openness toward other nations, cultures, and opinions. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

RLG 301 Topics in Religion
This course offers a focused study of specific subjects in theology and comparative religion. Topics may include issues related to theology and the study of the religious experience, the history of religions, and non-Western religious traditions. Gen. Ed.: Moral and Philosophical Reasoning. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

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