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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 psychology, 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 summarize, 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 Psychology
3 Credits

After studying the topics of abnormal psychology, learning, psychological research methods, intelligence, social psychology, and aggression, the student will be able to objectively describe behavior, distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior, apply basic learning concepts and principles, critically evaluate secondary psychological 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-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 topics: T-groups, conformity, obedience, attraction, attitude change, cognitive dissonance, prejudice, and aggression. Students will study several social psychological topics of their own choosing. Prerequisite: 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 describe the causes of mental illness, to compare and contrast the major treatments of mental illness, and to describe some of the ways to prevent mental illness. In addition, the student will learn to be more critical of abnormal psychology information 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 Education 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 variety 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 
Biomechanical 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 
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 
Photonics - PHOT
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 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST