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Undergraduate Majors

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Psychology Department At the heart of the Psychology program at Hawai‘i Pacific University is a solid foundation of coursework which allows students the flexibility to focus on special areas of study. The Psychology faculty’s mission is to prepare and inspire students to be active as both scholars and practitioners in the field of psychology. By attaining a better understanding of the human condition, our Psychology graduates are able make positive change in the world.

Mission Statement The Psychology Department at Hawai‘i Pacific University: • Provides students a thorough understanding of theoretical approaches and methodologies in psychology; • Applies concepts and methods in both laboratory and real-world settings.

The department emphasizes: • • • •

The role of the liberal arts in higher education; The development of critical-thinking skills; Each student’s personal development and career goals; An appreciation of individual differences and cultural diversity.

To achieve this mission, students: • • •

Study a range of topics in traditional areas of psychology; Are exposed to a variety of methodologies and laboratory experiences which enable them to evaluate, interpret, and solve problems in the workplace, at home, and in their community; Participate in active learning, fieldwork, and research within an international environment that prepares them for both graduate study in psychology and/or a broad range of entry-level positions in psychology and the community.

Overview The Psychology Department offers a series of undergraduate-level courses that focuses on the foundations of psychological principles and methodology. This focus helps to prepare students for admission into graduate programs as well as prepare them for entry-level position in the human services and mental health fields. In addition, students may choose to enroll in courses that are designed to enhance personal growth and explore the interpersonal, cultural, and environmental concerns of our time. Students are encouraged to integrate the requirements of the program with their own interests and sense of purpose. Psychology faculty make every effort to cultivate and encourage students’ imaginations, insights, and a respect for the spirit of inquiry that has fueled the field of psychology.

Psychology Faculty Patricia Crane Ellerson, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology) Psychology Department Chair Assistant Professor of Psychology

Vincent G. Tsushima, Ph.D., J.D. St. John’s University; Fordham School of Law (Clinical Psychology) Associate Professor of Psychology

Teaching Interests: Developmental Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Cultural/ Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Personal Relationships Michael J. Kelley, D. Phil. University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) (Experimental Psychology) Associate Professor of Psychology Teaching Interests: Biological Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Psychology of Substance Abuse, Psychopharmacology, Hormones and Behavior, and the Psychology of Religion

Teaching Interests: Research Methods, Testing, Psychological Treatments, Human Sexuality, and Forensic Psychology Susan Brooks Watson, Ph.D. University of Hawai‘i (Clinical Psychology) Assistant Professor of Psychology Teaching Interests: Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Tests & Measurements, Counseling Practicum, Psychology of Gender, and Psychology of Substance Abuse

Howard Markowitz, Ph.D. Union Institute and University (Human Services) Assistant Professor of Psychology Teaching Interests: Psychopathology, Counseling techniques, Personality Theory, Cross-cultural Psychology, and Positive Psychology Brian R. Metcalf, Ph.D. University of Georgia (Biopsychology) Associate Professor of Psychology Teaching Interests: Introductory Psychology, Research Methods and Statistical Analysis, Psychobiology, Social Psychology, Learning and Memory, and the History of Psychology

The Psychology Department strives to engage students with every opportunity to express their ideas and investigations through writing, in-class experiences, and fieldwork. They also receive opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects. The Psychology Department includes the Psychology lab, which has meeting rooms, computers, and multimedia equipment. Furthermore, the program presents a regular symposium series where noted psychologists present research. Students are also encouraged to participate in a variety of community-service programs. These fieldwork placements provide students opportunities to explore the professional world of psychology. As a function of the University’s unique multicultural environment, students are encouraged to explore their basic values as well as the values of people from other parts of the world. This multiculturalism is incorporated into the curriculum and into extracurricular cross-cultural projects.


Affiliate Faculty: Nancy Hedlund, Ph.D. Columbia University (Social Psychology) Professor of Psychology

William Douglas Hall, M.S. Chaminade University (Counseling Psychology) Visiting Instructor

Teaching Interests: Statistics, Research Design and Methods, and the Psychology of Women

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods, Developmental Psychology, and Psychology of Music


Psychology Graduates Psychology students from Hawai‘i Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree have pursued careers within the state of Hawai‘i in a variety of social service and mental health settings. A few such students include: Jolyn Camacho Hawai‘i Counseling & Education Center Case Manager

Robert McClay Castle Medical Center Substance Abuse Counselor

Matangi Taufahema Family Peace Center Facilitator/Counselor

Patric Thornqvist Pacific Medicaid Services Patient Advocate

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s psychology students have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in both public and private universities across the United States and abroad. Several of our recent graduates include:

Petra Metjan Springfield College Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling

Andrew Kirby City University of New York Doctoral student in Environmental Psychology Mooketsi Maphane Springfield College Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology


Ella Tweedie Pepperdine University Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology Diana Daniella Fries John Jay College of Criminal Justice Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology Maja Turniski City University of New York Doctoral student in Developmental Psychology

Piya Kishore, India “HPU gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and provided a positive learningg experience. HPU’s flexibility allowed me to combine the studies in Human Resourcee Management and Psychology. Through symposiums, conferences and practicum experiences, I gained real work knowledge and networked with a global community. Upon the completion of my B.A., I decided to further my studies with an M.B.A. from HPU. The HPU family has always welcomed me with open arms and provided me the drive and motivation I required for success”.


Camellia Hourany California State University Master’s program in Clinical Child/School Psychology

Student Organizations

HPU Chapter of the Psi Chi National Honor Society Psi Chi, established in 1929, is the national honor society in Psychology. Interested students who meet the following minimum requirements may apply for membership: 10

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Psychology major offers a unique course of study that connects academic insights learned in the classroom with an experiential Practicum Program in Counseling and Community Psychology. Students are placed in a practicum site where they are exposed to a variety of training experiences. A Research Practicum for students interested in conducting research under the supervision of a faculty member or researchers in the community is also available. Hawai‘i affords students extraordinary opportunities for fieldwork and practica experiences. The diverse communities of people offer students a natural laboratory in which to experience firsthand what psychologists do and how they apply their special knowledge. Students have been placed in public and private schools, women’s shelters, psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse facilities, and many other sites. All students receive supervision and on-site training as well as opportunities to work directly with clients, students, community, patient populations or researchers. Practicum experiences equip students to make more informed choices for graduate education. They also prepare students to enter the work force after graduation.

The Psychology Major The student majoring in psychology must take a sequence of courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students prepare for the upper-division coursework in psychology by taking Introduction to Psychology, courses in allied fields such as anthropology and sociology, and, finally, Research Methods and Statistics. Students then take major core coursework in the areas of human development, abnormal psychology, social psychology, and personality. These courses provide the breadth and scope students will need to examine the special topics and issues in psychology in their last semesters.

Program Objectives Students who complete the Psychology program will: 1. Possess basic knowledge in the subject areas of the field, including development, personality, social, and cross-cultural. 2. Be able to define and discuss the major paradigms of psychology: psychodynamic, biological, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic. 3. Have learned the experimental and non-experimental methods by which research is conducted, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation (includes the use of statistical software). 4. Demonstrate a reflective understanding of the relationships between issues of psychological well-being and broader social, environmental, political, and philosophical issues and their implications for responsible citizenship. 5. Be prepared for graduate study or professional activity with respect to analytic competence, ethical practice, and compassion.

Psychology as a Minor Students majoring in disciplines related to Psychology (e.g., Business, Sociology, Communication) may elect to do an optional minor program of study in Psychology. The minor encompasses completion of selected courses in Psychology. Academic advisors guide students through the process of choosing and completing the courses for a minor in psychology. In addition, there is a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology for those students interested in going into business and industry.

Progression in the Program

The Psychology Club This organization is an active and productive student-governed association, thanks to the enthusiasm of its members. The Psychology department and the students have benefited greatly from successful programming and work. The Peer Support Program offers students direct experience and training in counseling and mentoring techniques.

Merging the Classroom with Fieldwork: The Practicum Programs

(1) Three courses in psychology at the 2000 level or above; (2) Cumulative grade point average of 3.45; and (3) Grade point average of 3.45 in psychology. Those students who are eligible will be invited to apply for national membership in Psi Chi. Certificates and membership cards from the national headquarters will be presented at one of the two HPU honors brunches, at which time students are formally inducted into Psi Chi. Members of Psi Chi will be eligible to take part in the research and academic activities offered by their chapter. Members are automatically associates of the American Psychological Association and may receive member discounts to attend Psi Chi and APA conferences.

The sequence of courses may be seen as representing a logical progression from the general to the specific in terms of the focus of any given course. Thus, 1000- and 2000-level courses ses generally explore a wider range of topics while the 3000-level courses review an entire subdiscipline ne (e.g., developmental, personality, learning, cognitive psychology). Finally, the more advanced ed nd 4000-level courses focus on special topics within each of the subdisciplines of psychology; classes tend to be smaller and are generally taught in a seminar format; and students are assumed to have a solid id background on the relevant sub-discipline, at least to the extent that they can adopt a critical stancee toward complex material. In addition, students at the 4000-level are able to participate in the practicaa programs where valuable experiences are gained in the field itself.


Psychology Curriculum General Education Requirements A

Communication Skills

Global Systems

WRI 1100, 1150 COM 1000, 1200, 2500 Lower division modern language classes

World Cultures

C CLST 2600 COM 1500, 2000, 2640 CSCI 1011 LAT 1100 THEA 1400, 2320

BIOL 1000, 2052 CHEM 1000 GEOG 1000 GEOL 1000 MARS 1000 PHYS 1000

ECON 1010 GEOG 2000 HIST 2002 MARS 1500

BIOL 1200,1500, 2010, 2030 CHEM 2050 CSCI 1041 ENVS 3000 HIST 2630 PHYS 1020 SOC 2600

WRI 1200

MATH 1110, 1115, 1130, 1140, 1150, 2214, 2215 PHIL 2090

ENG 2501 HIST 2900 MATH 1123 PHIL 3731 PHYS 2030, 2050 PSY 1000 SOC 2100

Research & Epistemology

Values & Choices


CLST 1000 ENG 2201, 2203 ENVS 1030 HUM 3000 PSCI 2000

ARTH 2000, 2100, 2200 ENG 2101 GEOG 1500 HIST 2001 MATH 2007

BIOL 1300 ECON 1000, 2010 ENG 2202, 2204, 2301 HIST 2111 HUM 1000 PSCI 2500 SOC 2000 THEA 1000

ECON 2015 HIST 2112, 2301 LIT 2000 NSCI 2100 PHIL 1000 PSCI 1400

AL 1000 ANTH 2000 COM 2300 HIST 2402 HUM 1270 MUS 2101 REL 1000, 2001 SOC 1000 STSS 2601

AL 2000 ARTS 1000 BIOL 2170 GEOG 2500 HIST 2113, 2401 LIT 2510, 2520 MUS 1000 REL 2151

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I. Lower-Division Requirements GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE (AT LEAST 45 SEMESTER CREDITS) 1. Complete the general education common core consisting of one course in each of fifteen common core categories as well as two cross-theme requirements. 2. No more than two courses with the same alpha (the alphabetic prefix such as HIST or BIOL) may be applied toward the common core requirements. 4


Primary Career Areas in Psychology Some of the courses required for this major are also applicable to the general education core. When students count a course in both places instead of choosing a different general education course, they increase the number of unrestricted elective credits available. These potential overlaps are indicated parenthetically after the name of the course in the list of lower division major requirements.

LOWER-DIVISION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (11 SEMESTER CREDITS) PSY 1000 Introduction to Psychology (Research & Epistemology C) PSY 2100 Statistics in Psychology PSY 2200 Research Methods in Psychology LOWER-DIVISION MODERN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (8 SEMESTER CREDITS) Two semesters of the same modern language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Hawaiian, Japaneses, Korean or Spanish.

Psychology is an extraordinarily diverse field with almost limitless career paths. Some specialties, such as treating people with psychological disorders, are familiar to most of us. Others are less well known, like helping with the design of machinery control panels or studying the cognitive development of infants or trying to better understand how and why we remember some things and forget others.

Psychological Practice More than a third of psychologists work as clinicians, whose primary goals are to understand and improve physical and mental health. Clinical psychologists work in private practice, mental health clinics, hospitals, research laboratories, and universities. They study, diagnose, and treat mental and neurological problems. Counseling psychologists generally help people with problems in everyday life, such as anxiety, family and relationship conflicts, career issues, and the like. School Psychologists work with students, teachers, and parents to enhance students’ performance and resolve emotional difficulties.

Psychological Research Most psychologists who do research have doctoral degrees (Ph.D.s or Ed.D.s) and work in college, university, or public/private research laboratory settings. These academic/research psychologists may specialize in basic or applied work in some of the following areas:

II.Upper-Division Requirements



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Any Upper-Division Research and Writing Course. UPPER-DIVISION CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT (3 credits)

PSY 3235

Cross-Cultural Psychology

UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (30 SEMESTER CREDITS) PSY 3100 Learning & Cognitive Processes PSY 3200 Biopsychology PSY 3300 Social Psychology PSY 3400 Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSY 3500 Tests and Measurements in Psychology

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Psychology in the Community and Workplace As psychology continues to grow and expand, psychologists find ways to contribute to their communities in both the public and private sectors. Psychologists do research, implement programs, and serve as consultants in some of the following settings: •

Plus take at least ONE of the following: PSY 3600 Abnormal Psychology PSY 3700 Personality

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Plus take at least ONE of the following: PSY 4900 History & Systems in Psychology PSY 4925 Psychology Research Seminar PSY 4950 Counseling/Community Practicum

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Plus take four additional upper-division courses in Psychology, excluding PSY 3235 (minimum 12 credits)

III. Unrestricted Electives The number of unrestricted elective credits needed will vary depending on the number of credits that overlap between the general education requirements and the major requirements, but students will need to earn enough college-level credits to reach a total of 124 semester credits.

Human Development: Studying the biosocial and psychological development of humans during the entire life span from conception to death. Cognitive/Experimental: Studying processes concerned with sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, decision making, language, and intelligence. Social Psychology: Examining the effects of the real or imagined presence of others on behavior, thoughts, and attitudes. Health Psychology: Investigating how biological, psychological, behavioral, and social factors affect health and illness; identifying health promotion and treatment strategies that foster well-being. Neuroscience: Exploring the relationships between the nervous system and cognitive processes/behavior; assessing and helping discover better treatments for various neurological/neurochemical/mental disorders. Educational Psychology: Trying to improve intellectual, social, and emotional development in educational settings. Psychometrics: Devising and developing ways to measure psychological variables such as intelligence, personality, creativity, motivation, and aggression.

Industry and Organizations: Applying psychological principles and research methods to improve productivity and the quality of work life. Public Policy: Applying psychological principles and research methods to political and governmental policy. Forensic Psychology: Applying psychological principles to legal issues and law enforcement. Sports Psychology: Helping athletes, coaches, and trainers with competition, motivation, anxiety and fear of failure, and general physical and mental fitness. Environmental Psychology: Studying the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings. Consumer Psychology and Advertising: Studying consumer behavior and improving the marketing of products and services.

Other Career Options in Psychology There are many promising and rewarding careers available to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Graduates with bachelor’s degrees can be found working as assistants in rehabilitation centers and research laboratories, teaching psychology in high schools, and working in public affairs and social service settings. A bachelor’s in Psychology also serves as a preparation for many other professions such as business, sales, hiring and interviewing, law, biological sciences, computer programming, and several others. HPU Psychology graduates have many qualities and experiences that are attractive to job recruiters such as good research and writing skills, problem solving, and the ability to evaluate information. In addition, knowing more about the principles of human behavior can be helpful in a variety of life situations.


Research and Scholarship Opportunities in Psychology

A Sample Four-year Plan in Psychology

Dr. Howard Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will continue to train students to use microskills in counseling, and to explore the psychological and cultural factors leading to healthy lifestyles among university students. Through the Peer Support Counseling Program, he offers students an opportunity to become student advocates/peer educators.

Dr. Vincent G. Tsushima, Associate Professor of Psychology, has conducted research in the areas of behavioral medicine and forensic psychology. Dr. Tsushima is currently conducting research in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Susan Watson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, serves as co-adviser for the HPU Peer Support Program. She has conducted research in the areas of cognitive-behavioral interventions and clinical assessment, particularly as related to traumatized and eating-disordered populations, and has an ongoing interest in resilience and coping in response to trauma.

In addition to full-time faculty, we also have an impressive group of part-time faculty who work in the community and who have diverse experience in the field of psychology. They have a variety of interests and specialties and are available to assist you in gaining research experience. Some of their areas of expertise include clinical psychology, forensic psychology, school psychology, counseling psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology.




Caitlin Macy, Connecticut “The HPU Psychology program is an incredible product of its unique and dedicated ted ter professors. The support and mentorship I received through my four years and after ” was well beyond my highest expectations and the greatest gift HPU gave me.” Caitlin was awarded the 2008 “Kay Wilson Leadership Award for Outstandingg Chapter President” from the Psi Chi National Office for her service as presidentt of the HPU Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology. With more than 1000 active national chapters, this award is all the more exclusive and prestigious and is one of the highest awards an undergraduate psychology student can win within the discipline.

Freshman Year Sophomore Year

Dr. Michael Kelley, Associate Professor of Psychology, has diverse research interests which include the interface of psychology with the fields of clinical/social neurosciences, cognitive sciences, and substance abuse. His current research includes neurocognitive aspects of religious processes (particularly meditation), assessing cognitive aspects of herbal dietary supplements (particularly kava and more recently betel nut), and using mobile-phone technology to mutual-help groups.

Dr. Brian Metcalf, Associate Professor of Psychology, has wide-ranging general interests in psychology. He has conducted research incorporating Chaos Theory to schedule-induced operant behaviors in rats; the effects of physiological and social stressors in hamsters; the stimulus properties of “club-drugs” such as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB); and eyewitness and “false” memories.

Junior Year

Dr. Patricia Ellerson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, has conducted research in the areas of intimate partner violence, child abuse, jealousy, and academic achievement in middle childhood. She is currently interested in the evolutionary origins of psychological phenomena and personal relationships.

Senior Year

There are a number of research projects planned in the upcoming semesters. These projects are under the direction of the Psychology faculty and will require student participation. Most of these projects will be conducted in the field, in schools, and in social service agencies. Other projects will take place at the university itself. The Psychology program opened the new Psychology Lab in Fall 2005. Psychology program faculty and students use the lab to enhance classroom learning experiences, as a meeting place for Psychology program organizations and, most importantly, as a setting for faculty and student research.

Below is a typical fall-spring sequence for a full-time student planning to complete a B.A. in Psychology in four regular academic years (no summers). Summer and/or winter courses could be taken to expedite the completion of the degree process. Please take this proposed 4-year plan as only a model. Completion of the Psychology major may depend on what courses are offered during a given semester.


1000 1100 1023 1000 1100

Spring Semester

Introductory Biology Any Modern Language Statistics Introduction to Psychology Analyzing & Writing Arguments

3 4 3 3 3


2500 1200 2100 3310 1200

Sex, Gender, & Communication Any Modern Language Statistics Forensic Psychology Research, Argument, & Writing

Total = 16 Credits

Total = 17 Credits


2000 2640 2201 1500 2200

3 4 4 3 3

Spring Semester

Cultural Anthropology Argumentation & Debate Literary Utopias & Dystopias World Regional Geography Research Methods in Psychology

3 3 3 3 4

AL 2000 Eng 2301 GEOG 2000 LIT 2000 PSY 3100 PSY 3140

Introduction to Linguistics World Film Studies Introduction to Human Geography Introduction to Literature Learning & Cognitive Processes Psychology of Substance Abuse

3 3 3 3 3 3

Total = 16 Credits Total = 18 Credits

Fall Semester BIOL PHIL 3235 PSY PSY

Spring Semester

2010 The Human Life Cycle 3 2090 Principles of Logic 3 PSY Cross-Cultural Psychology 3 3300 Social Psychology 3 3500 Tests & Measurements in Psychology 3

ANTH 3230 PSY 3400 PSY 3200 PSY 3320 SOC 3100

Fall Semester 1041 3240 3245 3600 3809

3 3 3 3 3 Total = 15 Credits

Total = 15 Credits


Making a Difference Lifespan Development Biopsychology Health Psychology Methods of Inquiry

Spring Semester

Digital Literacy in a Global Society Client Counseling & Interviewing Group Counseling Abnormal Psychology Human Sexuality

3 3 3 3 3


4500 4340 3808 4950 3560

Total = 15 Credits

The World Problematique Psychotherapies Evolutionary Psychology Research Practicum Community Intervention

3 3 3 3 3

Total = 15 Credits Total = 127 Credits


PSY 1000 Introduction to Psychology An introductory course in psychology, covering the major processes underlying human behavior, cognition, and emotion. Specific units covered include: consciousness; sensation and perception; thought and language; human development; personality; social psychology; abnormal psychology; and the realization of human potential. PSY 3120 Group Dynamics in Organizations An introduction to theories of group dynamics and to current practices of modern management that utilize effective group processes in performing personnel management functions. PSY 3122 Industrial/Organizational Psychology A survey of theory and research in the field of industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include: personnel psychology (recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal); leadership; team building and dynamics; psychological dimensions of organizational management; and human performance psychology (job design and specification). PSY 3133 Learning and Behavior An examination of the behaviorist approach to understanding and influencing learning. Included are reviews of historical stimulus-response models and more current cognition-based models. Ethical questions associated with the goal of systematically studying and applying behavior influence principles are addressed, including questions of whether behaviorists seek to stifle “free will,” and who decides what behaviors should be reinforced. PSY 3135 Cognitive Psychology A study of the processes by which sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used. Major topics include: pattern recognition, attention, memory, visual language, language, problem solving, and decision making. This course systematically describes these topics, explains their theoretical foundations, and reviews the empirical support for each. ch. Practical applications to improving memory, thinking about out people, and designing computer interfaces are also covered.

maturation process. Theories examined in this course derive from the works of Anna Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, Erikson, Sullivan, and others. PSY 3235 Cross-Cultural Psychology A study of cross-cultural differences in perception, motivation, expression, verbal and nonverbal behavior, and values and meaning systems, and the implications of these differences for cross-cultural interaction and understanding. PSY 3240 Client Counseling and Interviewing Interviewing and counseling methods for work with clients on a one-to-one basis. The focus is on basic skills that can be used to assess a wide range of situations and engage clients in problem solving. Also covered are factors relating to the human services worker-client relationship, including ethical issues associated with using relationship for therapeutic purposes. PSY 3245 Group Counseling Issues and methods in the use of small groups to promote personal growth, therapeutic interaction, and social change. Group formation, maintenance, and termination; group dynamics; and roles/skills appropriate to group leadership and membership. PSY 3300 Social Psychology An exploration of major theoretical paradigms as they are used to understand topics in social psychology, including social perception, attribution of causality, the self, emotions, attraction, prejudice and discrimination, attitude change, altruism, aggression, social influence, exchange and strategy, and physical well-being. PSY 3310 Forensic Psychology This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the forensic psychological research and the practice of forensic psychology. The student will become familiar with the forensic psychological literature, forensic psychological approaches and techniques in

PSY 3155 Sports Psychology A systematic discussion and practice of the major mental skills ills required for optimal performance in physical sports. These include de the relaxation response, directing attentional focus, becoming ng proficient in mental imaging, promoting positive thoughts, ts, awareness of pain and pain control, and the effortless regulaation of movement. PSY 3211 Adolescent Psychology An introduction to the field of adolescent psychology that cov-ers both theory and research on emotional growth, family and d peer relations, cognitive development, and other aspects of thee

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PSY 3990 Nonpaid Internship A minimum of 200, 400, or 600 hours (per 1, 2, or 3 credits, respectively) of nonpaid work experience in a preprofessional, managerial, supervisory, or technical setting in a career-related area under supervised conditions. Comprehensive written reports are required by an assigned HPU instructor. Internships are defined as training and can be offered in all majors. PSY 3991 Paid Internship A minimum of 200, 400, or 600 hours (per 1, 2, or 3 credits, respectively) of paid work experience in a preprofessional, managerial, supervisory, or technical setting in a career-related area under supervised conditions. Comprehensive written reports are required by an assigned HPU instructor. Internships are defined as training and can be offered in all majors. PSY 4340 Psychotherapies An overview and critical analysis of contemporary psychotherapies and of psychotherapy as an institution in society. Therapies studied may include: existential, behavior modification, psychoanalysis, transactional analysis, cognitive, gestalt, and family systems. PSY 4950 Counseling Practicum A practicum that prepares students for entry-level positions in the mental health field as well as graduate school. The practicum is a field and class course requiring placement in an agency. Emphasis is placed on developing listening, observation, assessment, and intervention skills. Such issues as confidentiality, ethics, and counseling special groups are addressed. PSY 4970 Research Practicum Research experience under mentorship. Student activities involve significant responsibilities in the research process, including literature review, conceptualization of the study, design of data collection methods and instruments, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of research results.


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Fredrik Tunvall, Sweden “Earning my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hawai‘i Pacific University was a great experience. In addition to having a well-rounded and knowledgeable faculty always at hand, the small class size allowed for lots of individual attention and encouraged me to get involved in the learning experience. In the program I did not feel like just another number. The faculty treated the students with great respect. This allowed me to grow not just as a student, but also as a person. After graduating from Hawai‘i Pacific University I got accepted to Columbia University in New York City where I earned my Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience and Education. Currently, I am working as the Research Project Manager for the NIRS-lab at New York University, where we utilize near-infrared spectroscopy to investigate hemodynamic changes in the child brain during tasks of executive function”.


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