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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, PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381, and any eighteen additional hours of psychology courses.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing, Psychology major; PSYC 101, PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381, and any eighteen additional hours of psychology courses.

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)
Psychology: Themes and Variations
By Weiten, W. (Brooks/Cole)
Essentials of Psychology
By Coon, D. (Wadsworth)
Publication Manual
(American Psychological Association)
By Gray, P. (Worth)
Course Objectives
  • To integrate psychology as a discipline by demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the discipline, its major concepts, theories, research methods and findings in major content areas.
  • To use critical thought and scientific methodology.
  • To solve problems and form conclusions.
  • To demonstrate tolerance and act ethically when applying psychological principles.
  • To understand how psychological knowledge, skills and values are used in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
    Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Describe and explain representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology.
  • Use the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.
  • Explain major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural).
  • Describe and explain basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific method to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Demonstrate professional writing skills in APA format.
  • Demonstrate professional oral communication skills.
    Topical Outline:
  • This is a writing intensive seminar course in which students discuss the major questions in psychology and write short critical essays on the major questions of psychology.
  • A final integrative paper in which students bring together their knowledge of theory and application as they apply to the major questions is required.
  • A curriculum vita or resume and a career goals statement is required.
  • Issues related to graduate school and work in psychology are addressed.
  • An oral presentation is scheduled toward the end of the course.
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: January 14, 2013
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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