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hcc catalogue '11-'12

Course Descriptions


PSYC-101   General Psychology
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral
Sciences Core)

Through this introduction to the field of psychol- ogy, the student will be able to describe how psychologists do their research and gain an appreciation of how psychologists view people through studying the views of Freud, Skinner, and Maslow. The student will  be able to sum- marize, interpret and evaluate psychological information,  especially as it appears in films and non-technical articles. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe psychological concepts and facts on the major topics of psychology. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

PSYC-102   Advanced General
3 Credits

After studying the topics of abnormal psychol- ogy, learning,  psychological  research methods, intelligence, social psychology, and aggression, the student will be able to objectively describe behavior, distinguish between normal and abnor- mal behavior, apply basic learning concepts and principles, critically evaluate secondary psycho- logical sources, write a psychological research paper, identify  important  issues and problems concerning  research, describe research on a variety of psychological topics and critique an article on a current social issue. This course is designed primarily for persons who are interested in taking additional psychology courses or wish an introduction to scientific psychology. Students may proceed  through  this course at their own pace. Prerequisite:  PSYC-101. (3 hours  weekly)

PSYC-200   Life Span Development
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and
Emerging Issues Core)

This course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of indi- viduals from infancy to very old age. Within the psychosocial framework, students will be able to research and apply developmental concepts to relevant problems in daily life. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

PSYC-202   Social Psychology
3 Credits

In addition to understanding and applying major concepts, facts, principles, and theories of social psychology, the student will be able to interpret, analyze and critically evaluate social psychological materials. The student will be able to explain the important research on these top
ics: T-groups, conformity,  obedience,  attraction, attitude change, cognitive dissonance, prejudice, and aggression. Students will study several social psychological topics of their own choosing. Pre- requisite:  PSYC-101. (3 hours  weekly)

PSYC-203   Abnormal Psychology
3 Credits

Through this introduction to the field of abnormal psychology, the student will be able to describe both historical and current issues involved with defining and recognizing mental illness, to de- scribe the causes of mental illness, to compare and contrast the major treatments of mental ill- ness, and to describe some of the ways to prevent mental illness. In addition, the student will learn to be more critical of abnormal psychology infor- mation  as found  in the mass media.  Prerequisite: PSYC-101. (3 hours  weekly)

PSYC-204   Adolescent Psychology
3 Credits

This course is a description of adolescent development  based on research and theory interrelating physical, psychological, intellectual and social changes during the teen years and the systems dealing with those changes. This course meets the Maryland  State Department of Educa- tion Adolescent Development requirement for an initial certificate in Secondary Education. This course also meets the MSDE Human  Growth and Development requirement for an initial certificate in Generic Special Education Elementary/Middle and Generic Special Education Secondary/Adult. Prerequisite:  PSYC-101. (3 hours weekly)

PSYC-205   Women and Psychology
3 Credits

This course will examine the history of women in psychology. Additionally, women’s lives and experiences will be explored  from  a lifespan developmental perspective which includes psychological, social, and biological influences. Students will examine current research on a vari- ety of topics and critically evaluate the literature. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as WMST-205.


hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST