Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Psychology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Dr. Lisa J. Schulte
Department Head

Psychology Course Descriptions

The Fall (Fa), Spring (Sp), or Summer (Su) semesters indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. Expansive Core Curriculum courses are denoted by EXP. Service Learning courses are denoted by SL.

PSYC 1010. Introductory Psychology. Foundation for more advanced study. Includes history and methodology, development, biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, personality, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. (3, FaSpSu)

PSYC 1012. Human Development. A study of the individual from birth to senescence. Emphasizes normal physical, emotional, and intellectual development. (3, EXP)

PSYC 2020. Research Methods. Examines the methods of psychology such as observation, case study, and experimentation. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010. (3, FaSp)

PSYC 2050. Health Psychology. An introduction to the interaction of psychological, social, and physical factors in health and the treatment of illness. Course content will include relevant research, health care delivery systems, and health care policy. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 or permission of instructor. (3, EXP)

PSYC 2070. Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology. Investigates animal behavior in the laboratory and in natural and semi-natural settings. Focuses on the application of knowledge about animal behavior to the explanation of human behavior. Discusses such issues as aggression, communication, and the genetic basis for behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010. (3)

PSYC 2080. Writing in Psychology. Provides an introduction to written communication in psychology and related social sciences. Includes information on selecting topics, gathering and organizing information, using APA style, proofreading, etc. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 & PSYC 1010. (3)

PSYC 2110. Human Sexuality. Designed to cover a full spectrum of health issues in human sexuality, this course will cover psychological, physiological, social, developmental, spiritual, and interpersonal factors in human sexuality. Its goals are to provide objective information, develop research interests in the field, highlight the most recent developments, literature, and discoveries in this area, and to promote sexual health at all levels. The major emphasis will be to inspire healthy decision making. Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 or permission of the instructor. (3)

PSYC 2500. Positive Psychology. This course is an introduction to research and theory in positive psychology. Positive psychology is the study of what is right and positive about people and institutions. Positive psychologists call for as much focus on strength as on weakness, as much attention on positive as negative emotions, and as much interest in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst. Prerequisite: PSYC1010. (3)

PSYC 2511. Psychological Statistics. A calculational survey of introductory statistics. Will examine both descriptive and inferential statistical processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 and completion of all developmental mathematics requirements. (3, FaSp)

PSYC 2512. Advanced Research. Research approach to selected topics from PSYC 2511; scientific report writing, logic of scientific method, research design, library research, and readings from the literature. Prerequisites: PSYC 1010, PSYC 2511 or MATH 1020 or STAT 2010, and PSYC 2020. (3, FaSp)


PSYC 3010. Social Psychology. Survey of social influences on behavior. Includes affiliation and interpersonal attraction; person perception; conformity; attitude formation, assessment, and change; prejudice; aggression; social learning; and group dynamics. (3)

PSYC 3020 (EDUC 3020). Child Psychology. Study of physiological, intellectual, social, emotional, and moral factors affecting child growth and development. (3, Fa)

PSYC 3025. Adult Development and Aging. A survey of adult development and aging from young adult to old age. The influence of biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and life cycle forces will be examined with an emphasis on normal development. (3)

PSYC 3030. Cognitive Psychology. Examines mental processing through the study of thinking, problem solving, and memory. Includes such topics as artificial intelligence, heuristics vs. algorithms, mnemonics, and cognitive development in children. (3)

PSYC 3035. Psychology of Gender. Focuses on how gender as a social construct shapes the lives of men and women in contemporary society. Specific issues addressed include ideas and stereotypes about masculinity and femininity; gender differences and similarities in cognitive abilities, personality, and social behavior, gender roles in families; the economic dynamics associated with gender; representations of men and women in the media and culture; and the potential for change in gender relations and gender inequality. Prerequisite: PSYC 3010. (3, EXP)

PSYC 3040 (EDUC 3040). Educational Psychology. Study of the nature, conditions, outcomes, and evaluation of learning. Systems approach; use of a variety of media and optimum clinical experience; cognitive and affective factors influencing learning process. (3, Fa)

PSYC 3041. Black Psychology. This course is designed to generate critical and analytic thinking about each student's identity as a member of American society and as a member of the "global village." The course is reading/writing intensive as it investigates "the Black Experience." As the course progresses, the student is expected to be more facile in his/her ability to influence and change our psychosociocultural environment in positive and meaningful ways. (3)

PSYC 3045. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. An introduction to the theories, methods, findings and applications of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Topics include the principles and techniques of selection of personnel, the application of psychological principles to the training of organization members work attitudes and motivation, various theoretical approaches to leadership, organizational communication, and organizational structure and design. (3)

PSYC 3050. Physiological Psychology. This is a basic introductory course in the field of neuroscience. It examines the biological basis of behaviors such as aggression, reproduction, sleep, dreaming, and mental disorders. Prerequisites: BIOL 1030 or 1230. (3)

PSYC 3080. Abnormal Psychology. Classifications from DSM-V will form the foundation for viewing the dynamics of behavior and the diagnostic basis for psychopathology. Primarily a systematic, descriptive, and theoretical approach that discusses etiology and pathophysiologic processes when they are known. (3, Fa)

PSYC 3100. Psychology of Learning. A survey of the major theories and empirical research. Topics include principles of classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement, motivation, and forgetting. (3)

PSYC 3110. Psychotherapies. A comprehensive examination of the major forms of psychotherapy and the different views of psychopathology. The focus will be on personal growth and improvement, as well as on the correction of individual problems. Prerequisite: PSYC 3080. (3, Sp)

PSYC 3120. Tests and Measurements. Survey of the methodology of assessment, test design and construction, test administration and scoring, achievement and intelligence testing, personality observations and inventories, and issues in ethics and applications of testing. (3)

PSYC 3200L. Psychology Laboratory. A research course designed to give students direct experience in conducting experimental laboratory research. Students will participate in the design and implementation of experiments, both as experimenters and experimental subjects, and provide oral and written research reports. (1)

PSYC 4000S. Seminar. Content varies according to current developments in field of psychology and student needs. (3)

PSYC 4010. Theories of Personality. A survey of the major personality theories and their authors, as well as their systematic approaches to developing their theories. (3)

PSYC 4011, 4012, 4013. Independent Study. Intensive individual readings on topic agreed upon by student and the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and chairperson. (1, 2, 3)

PSYC/NSCI 4020. Cognitive Neuroscience. Explores the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie cognition by understanding the brain. The primary objective is to introduce terminology and concepts that explain how cognitive function arises from interactions between groups of neurons. This course seeks to highlight the brain's complexity and elegance, and its ability to create and coordinate all of a person's thoughts, actions, memories, feelings, dreams, and aspirations. Prerequisite. PSYC 1010 PSYC 3060 recommended. (3)

PSYC 4030. Group Dynamics. Designed to explore theory and research dealing with group processes. Emphasis is placed on the individual within the group and the application of theory and research to real world situations. Topics to be covered include group development and socialization, individual conformity and influence, individual performance in groups, decision making, and crowds and collective behavior. (3)

PSYC 4050. Drugs and Behavior. Emphasizes the biomedical model in the treatment of mental and behavioral disorders. Also examines the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and other drug therapies for the treatment of psychopathologies.. PSYC 3050 recommended before taking. (3)

PSYC 4060. Cultural Psychology. This course will provide an overview of the study and application of psychological principles across a variety of cultures. We believe that by studying psychological issues from a cross-cultural perspective, we will gain more understanding of and appreciation for human diversity. In turn, this increased cultural awareness will help us foster clearer and more meaningful lines of communication in whatever profession we may choose. (3)

PSYC 4070. Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice. A course exploring the roots and implications of stereotyping and prejudice. Students will investigate from primary and secondary sources such classic issues as the origins of prejudice and its ambiguous nature and more recent innovations such as investigation into tokenism and stereotype threat. Racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of prejudice will be explored. (3)

PSYC 4085. Disorders of the Brain. An introduction to the study of clinical neuropsychology, an applied area of neuroscience. Survey of current neuropsychological knowledge as it pertains to normal brain anatomy, functioning, and pathological disorders. Specific emphasis placed on current scientific literature regarding the use of neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods for understanding network-based brain changes that occur in neurological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 2512 (3)

PSYC 4090 (EDUC 4090). Adolescent Psychology. Characteristics and attendant problems of adolescent growth and development. Relevant techniques in teaching and guidance based on modern research. Prerequisite: PSYC 3040. (3, Sp)

PSYC 4095. Forensic Psychology. Involves the application of psychological and clinical skills to legal, criminal justice, sociological, and political issues. Includes such concepts as “expert witness” testimony, the concept of “amicus curiae,” and the process of jury selection. Prerequisite: PSYC 3080. (3)

PSYC 4398-4399. Fieldwork Practicum. Supervised practice in the application of psychological techniques to clinical settings, counseling settings, and clinical administrative settings. Taught with the training staffs of cooperating institutions and agencies. Prerequisite: PSYC 3080 and PSYC 3110, permission of instructor and 3.0 grade point average in psychology. (3, FaSp)

PSYC 4996. Historical and Applied Perspectives in Psychology. This course involves the critical analysis and exploration of major issues in psychology. The focus is the integration of knowledge and the process of disseminating knowledge. Topics vary according to the interests of the faculty and changes in the field. Prerequisites: Completion of the majority of major courses. (3, FaSp)

PSYC 4999. Senior Comprehensives. (0, FaSp)