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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 495
Course Title: Integrative Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Required as a culminating experience prior to graduation. Capstone course integrating prior learning, exploring current research and contemporary issues in psychology. Writing intensive. Students enrolled in this senior seminar are required to take the Major Field Test for Psychology. Grade of C or higher is required for this course and all prerequisite courses. Prerequisites: Senior standing, Psychology major; PSYC 101, PYSC 175, PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: Senior standing, Psychology major, PSYC 101, PYSC 175, PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Discovering Psychology; The Science of Mind (1st edition)
By Casioppo, John, Freberg, Laura A. (Cengage)
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
By APA (American Psychological Association)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describes and explains concepts related to thinking, language and intelligence, development, personality, Social psychology and Psychological disorders.
  2. Uses the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.
  3. Describes and explains basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  4. Demonstrate professional writing skills in APA format
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Students in this course are expected to write an integrative APA style paper in which they bring together their knowledge of theory and application as it applies to major questions in psychology. A minimum of 12 references from peer-reviewed journals is required for the integrative essay. Students are required to report their research findings to a forum of their peers.
  • Major questions in psychology
  • 6 critical APA style essays with a minimum of two references from peer-reviewed journals covering major questions of psychology.
  • Creating a curriculum vitae or resume
  • Writing a career goals statement.
  • Preparing for admission to graduate school 
  • Preparing to enter the workforce with a degree in psychology
  • Program evaluation

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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