A holistic study of the typical and atypical development of a child from prenatal stage to school-age. Emphasis is on the ways fundamental needs of young children may be met in daily living. Directed observation and participation in a local preschool. This course meets for two (2) hours lecture and two (2) hours observation and participation each week. Same as PSY 201.
An exploration of various career opportunities and specializations within the fields of family science, child and family services, family life education, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Students will be introduced to the requirements for becoming Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). This course will examine graduate school options, professional licensure and certifications, and professional ethics.
An introduction to the basic principles that are needed in creating a happy and successful marriage and family life. A Biblical perspective is used to consider such topics as sex roles, dating, marriageability, mixed marriages, engagement, sex adjustment, in-law adjustment, financial adjustment, life insurance, divorce, reproduction, family planning, and child rearing. Same as BIB 230.
A critique of death and dying in contemporary North America. Themes include the death system, care of the dying and bereaved, attachment theory, normal and complicated grief, factors influencing the grief reaction, funerals, children and death, suicide, and ethical issues faced by service providers.
An overview of major socio-psychological childhood disorders. This course is designed to assist students, early and later childhood educators, parents, and medical and state agency employees in the recognition and understanding of such conditions in children.
A study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of an individual from conception to death. More emphasis will be given to development through early adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 210 General Psychology. (Exceptions: Family Sciences or Nursing majors taking this course to fulfill program requirements.) Same as PSY 310.
An in-depth exploration of the interpersonal skills and processes associated with relationship development and maintenance. Special attention will be given to the interpersonal skills and virtues associated with healthy premarital and marital relationships. Students will participate in a variety of self-reflective and experiential activities designed to cultivate awareness of the processes, skills, and virtues associated with close relationships and healthy marriages.
An examination of various stressors experienced by individuals, couples, and families. Attention will be given to various models of individual and family coping along with current intervention strategies. Emphasis will be placed on identifying strategies for cultivating individual and family resilience and wellness. This course includes a significant writing component.
An in-depth study of parent/child relationships and their application to the rearing of children. Emphasis is on the principles and practices parents can apply to promote understanding and skills that benefit all family members in their unique growth and development. An exploration of parent-child relationships from birth through adolescence. This course will focus on both content and process dimensions of parent education as well as the theoretical foundations of contemporary parenting intervention programs. Emphasis will be given to parenting skills and strategies that are consistent with an authoritative style of parenting. This course includes a significant writing component.
A survey of the complex social, psychological, and spiritual aspects, of human sexuality. Emphasis will be on a responsible view of sexuality as a part of life adjustment.
This course will explore the growing scholarly connection between religion, faith, and family life. Special attention will be given to the impact of religious involvement and faith on marital stability and satisfaction, parenting styles, coping patterns, and ransformational proccesses such as prayer and forgiveness. This course will examinie the factors and processes impacting the intergenerational transmission of faith. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of family life ministry. Same as BIB 349.
An exploration of various topics that lie at the intersection of men, faith, and families. Attention will be given to issues such as: men and marriage, sexual wholeness, fathering, gender roles, balancing work and family, men and money, male spirituality, mentoring relationships, and spiritual leadership in the family. Same as BIB 360. (This course is for men only.)
A study of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education in conjunction with the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate such educational experiences.
A detailed study of personal and family finance. The course includes: Biblical teaching, financial planning, budgeting, banking, savings, credit, housing, insurance, investments, tax planning, teaching financial responsibility to children, gifts, retirement, and estate planning. Same as FIN 388.
An exploration of the major clinical models and treatment strategies in the practice of marriage and family therapy. Special attention will be given to historical and theoretical foundations, professional development issues, and ethical/legal considerations. This course will seek to integrate a Christian worldview in the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy.
An intensive examination of the philosophical and historical backgrounds, agencies and processes, purposes and functions, administration, and career orientations of our criminal justice system.
An examination of the role and function of police and law enforcement systems in the U.S. society; range and limitations imposed on law enforcement, police discretion, law enforcement policies and procedures, accountability, criminal justice ethics, and police-community relations. Prerequisite: CJU 210 Introduction to Criminal Justice System.
A survey of the fundamental techniques of criminal investigation. Students will be exposed to the history of criminal investigation and criminalistics, interviewing and interrogation, physical evidence, crime scene procedures, crime analysis, investigation techniques, report writing, case preparation and courtroom testimony. Prerequisite: CJU 210 Introduction to Criminal Justice System.
An introductory study of the field of computer forensics with emphasis on the necessary skills needed to collect, preserve, and analyze digital data. This class will explore the forensic process and the most common forensic tools used along with their capabilities. Experience will be gained by incorporating case studies and real-world experience into this process. Discussion will focus on the recovery process while understanding the evidentiary value of such. Prerequisite: BUS 253 Business Computer Applications or CIS 161 Computer Applications.
A comprehensive overview of management issues in both individual and community corrections. Topics included are: organizational theory, planning, programming and budgeting, policy analysis, program evaluation, and information systems and technology, along with facilities management, offender classification systems, treatment programs, management of special offender populations, and personnel issues. Prerequisite: CJU 210 Introduction to Criminal Justice System.
An overview of the topic of juvenile justice, with a specific emphasis on the United States juvenile justice system and the Tennessee juvenile justice system. Topics will include the history of the juvenile justice system, how the system evaluates juvenile wrongdoing, how the system deals with delinquent youth, juvenile courts, residential and non-residential interventions, and alternative means of dealing with problem youth, including restorative justice and diversion programs.
A study into the reconstructing of an offender's actions in relation to a crime by examining the behavioral and psychological evidence left by the offender. Emphasis will be given to victimology, profiling methods, the history of profiling, whether profiling is an art or science, and the crime data from the national crime and victimization data. Prerequisite: PSY 218 Abnormal Psychology.
An examination and explanation of the major theories of criminal deviance. Emphasis is placed on past and current theories of crime including sociological, economic, psychological, and biological theories of crime causation. The theories will be examined in light of criminal justice data. This course includes a significant writing component. Prerequisite: CJU 320 Criminal Investigation.
A capstone course to prepare students for entry to the criminal justice field through a review of major coursework and current trends in criminal justice. This course includes a significant writing component. Prerequisites: CJU 410 Criminal Justice Theories and at least 90 earned hours.
A professional field experience under the supervision of an experienced professional, carefully selected and approved by the student's advisor. Prerequisite: CJU 410 Criminal Justice Theories.
An in-depth study of an area of special interest relating to the criminal justice system. Prerequisite: CJU 410 Criminal Justice Theories.
A holistic study of the typical and atypical development of a child from prenatal stage to school-age. Emphasis is on the ways fundamental needs of young children may be met in daily living. Directed observation and participation in a local preschool. Two hours lecture and two hours observation and participation. Same as FAM 201.
An introduction to the science of psychology. The course prepares the student for further study in the science of human behavior and mental processes. Corequisite for psychology majors: PSY 215 Introduction to Psychological Practice.
An introduction to the various specialty areas of psychology and psychological research, academic planning, career planning, and basic elements of writing in APA style. Corequisite: PSY 210 General Psychology. (If credit has been earned through dual enrollment or AP credit, students should take this course their first semester in the psychology program.)
A study of the major areas of behavior disorder with discussion of suggested causes and types of therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 210 General Psychology. (Exception: Nursing majors taking this course to fulfill program requirements.)
An exploration of parapsychological phenomena. The study will include extrasensory perception, psychics, astrology, and other topics in parapsychology. An analysis of scientifically-based evidence offered to support parapsychological claims.
An examination of the representation of psychology in film, television, and the media, including psychopathology and its treatment. Attention will be given to the impact of media on society's perception of mental illness. Students will be expected to explore their own beliefs about mental illness through writing and discussion. Prerequisite: PSY 210 General Psychology.
An examination of theories of learning, different kinds of learning, and strategies for the achievement of objectives. Requires clinical observations. This course includes a significant writing component. Prerequisite: EDU 130 Introducion to Education (applies to Education majors only).
A study of the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of an individual from conception to death. More emphasis will be given to development through early adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 210 General Psychology. (Exceptions Family Sciences or Nursing majors taking this course to fulfill program requirements.) Same as FAM 310.
A study of basic experimental research design in psychology. The course includes a significant writing component. Prerequisite: PSY 215 Introduction to Psychological Practice. Corequisite: PSY 316 Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences.
A study of the psychology of the individual related to the development of social behavior. Emphasis is placed upon personality development and the interaction between the individual and the group. Prerequisites: PSY 210 General Psychology or SOC 241 General Sociology.
A study of how the applications and findings of experimental psychology are related to the learning situation. Prerequisites: PSY 210 General Psychology.
This course provides students with practical experience in the management and analysis of quantitative data as applied to the behavioral sciences. Students will learn how to perform descriptive and inferential statistics on data in SPSS. Prerequisites: PSY 210 General Psychology and PSY 215 Introduction to Psychological Practice. Corequisite: PSY 311 Research Methods.
An exploration of the range of various forensic-related psychological theories involving crime and crime causation due to mental illness. This course specifically addresses how psychologists impact research, practice and policies in criminal law and in the criminal justice system.
A study of the development of organizations and the psychological implications. This course also examines the reaction of individuals in various situations.
A study of the principles, techniques, and procedures employed in personal and family counseling.
A study of the theory, techniques and characteristics of psychological assessment including various tests of human achievement, ability, aptitude, interests, and personality characteristics. This course contains a significant writing component. Prerequisite: PSY 311 Research Methods and PSY 316 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.
This course teaches students the language of research, various methods of conducting research, how to identify and synthesize research literature, how to plan a research study, how to conduct research ethically, and how to formally report research findings. This course contains a significant writing component. Prerequisites: PSY 311 Research Methods and PSY 316 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.
A survey of the scientific and philosophical antecedents of modern psychology.
A study of the nervous system and other physiological correlates of behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 210 General Psychology, PSY 311 Research Methods, and PSY 316 Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences.
A senior course in which students complete a capstone project under faculty supervision. The course may involve a review and discussion of relevant literature in a seminar format and/or data collection in a laboratory setting. This course contains a significant writing component. Prerequisites: Senior psychology major (90+ hours), PSY 311 Research Methods, PSY 316 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, and PSY 412 Advanced Research Methods.
A study of crime, causes, juvenile delinquency, court systems, correctional institutions, and parole and release systems.
An introduction to the general principles of sociology, giving a broad perspective of the nature of society and its problems in terms of social institutions, forces, and changes.
An examination of contemporary problems in modern society. Prerequisite: SOC 241 General Sociology.
An introduction to social and cultural aspects of aging in contemporary society. Demographics of an aging population and basic theories of aging will be introduced. Types of problems encountered by older adults will be discussed.
A study of the place of sport in American culture. Sport will be studied from the perspective of sociology. Same as KIN 299I/399I.
A study of the origin, nature, and diffusion of culture, giving attention to identity, goals, and social problems of subcultures. Prerequisite: SOC 241 General Sociology.
An introduction to the social work profession. This course provides for a survey of the field of social work with attention directed to social service programs and opportunities for social work practice.
A study of generalist social work practice as a creative blending of professional values, knowledge, and skills. This course introduces the generalist intervention model for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This course emphasizes a theoretical and conceptual understanding of generalist social work practice. This course recognizes the diversity of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, due in part, to the differences in values, cultural backgrounds, and socio-cultural risks and opportunities. It also recognizes that individuals and the systems of which they are a part relate in ways that provide the context for growth and problem solving. Prerequisite: SWK 150 Introduction to Social Work. Corequisite: SWK 265 Professional Communication in Social Work Practice.
A study of a people-in-systems theoretical orientation for knowledge and understanding of human behavior in the social environment. The student will be introduced to a range of concepts that relate to human development and diversity within social systems from childhood to adolescence and that will be useful to the assessment of and intervention with people/system problems as they are encountered in social work practice.
An exploration of the processes of human development and changes from adulthood through aging. The student will analyze these developmental periods in terms of major intrapersonal, interpersonal, cultural, and societal systems. An emphasis is placed on policies, programs, and services for the aging. Prerequisite: SWK 251 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Childhood and Adolescence.
An overview of the multiple fields in social work practice. This course gives the beginning social work student an opportunity to be exposed to social work practice within a community agency. Professionals from diverse areas of practice will address students about their work, clientele served, and the values, knowledge, and skills required.
A study of oral and written communication in professional social work practice. This course emphasizes interviewing skills and the organization of written information. This course includes a significant writing component. Prerequisite: SWK 150 Introduction to Social Work. Corequisite: SWK 250 Foundations of Social Work Practice I.
An examination of the causes and effects of stress on the body. Different physical and mental methods to cope with unhealthy stress will be demonstrated. Diet and its effect on stress will be discussed.
A study of the integration of the creative arts with traditional therapeutic approaches. The course emphasizes art, music, play, movement, and bibliotherapeutic techniques.
An overview of crisis theory and appropriate interventions for responding to clients in crisis. Crisis interventions addressed include: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, violent behavior in the work place, terrorist attacks, and hostage crises.
An in-depth exposure to child welfare services in America. The historical development of this specialized area of social work will be explored, as well as the scope of services included under child welfare. Specific techniques used in working with children will be studied.
An exploration of generalist practice skills in child welfare. The course will introduce students to topics and strategies needed to organize, conduct, and maintain their social work practice in the public child-welfare setting. Major topics in the course include: personal, professional, and societal response to children at risk; assessment of families with child welfare issues; and treatment strategies utilized with traumatized children.
A study of social work processes and problem-solving skills as they create a generalist model for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This course emphasizes the needs and conditions of individuals and families within the environment and ways to remediate and/or prevent people-in-system problems using the processes of generalist practice: assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and termination. Prerequisites: SWK 250 Foundations of Social Work Practice.
A continued study of social work processes and problem-solving skills as they create a generalist model for practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This course emphasizes the values, knowledge, and generalist skills necessary to work with groups, organizations, and communities to facilitate problem-solving and planned change. Prerequisites: SWK 351 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families.
A study of social welfare policies and services both from historical and current perspectives. Attention is given to the relationship between societal values and philosophical approaches to social welfare policies and planning. This course includes a significant writing component.
A presentation of frameworks for analyzing social welfare policies and a study of administration and management of social welfare programs from theoretical and practical perspectives. Attention is given to organizational structures and processes. Prerequisite: SWK 361 Social Welfare Policies and Services I.
An examination of the causes and effects of stress on the body. Different physical and mental methods to cope with unhealthy stress will be demonstrated. Diet and its effect on stress will be discussed.
An introduction to research methodology as applied to social problems and human behavior. Emphasis is on problem formulation, development of research design, instrument construction, and basic sampling techniques.
A continuation of SWK 405. Emphasis on data collection, analysis, inferential statistics, and report writing. Prerequisite: SWK 405 Methods of Social and Behavioral Research I. This course includes a significant writing component. Lab required.
An examination of social work assessment and intervention strategies which promote awareness and skill for working with variations among human beings, such as those suffering from physical, mental, economic, religious, or social problems. The course emphasizes a need for sensitivity to human diversity and strategies to promote social and economic justice for populations-at-risk of discrimination, oppression, or abuse. Prerequisites: SWK 250 Foundations of Social Work Practice, SWK 351 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, and SWK 352 Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
Review of major course work and the current social work practice scene. Emphasis is placed on the student pursuing major career interests and on preparation of the senior Social Work Practicum. This course should be taken the summer before the senior Social Work Practicum. Prerequisites: SWK 250 Foundations of Social Work Practice, SWK 351 Social Work Practice II, SWK 352 Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
A professional field experience under the supervision of an experienced professional, carefully selected and approved by the University. Placement possibilities include public welfare, mental health, recreational, and community services. A minimum of 400 clock hours of field activity are required. Prerequisites: SWK 454 Seminar in Social Work Practice and admission to the program.
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