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Pilgrim Theological Seminary
Psychology and Sociology Examinations

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Titles, descriptions, and credit recommendations for all examinations recommended for college credit within the Psychology/Sociology section can be found below. To locate information on additional examinations, which have also been recommended for college credit, use the links below:


Titles of all evaluated examinations.


Descriptions and credit recommendations

General Psychology (PSY105)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to explain introductory concepts in the field of psychology; identify stages of human cognitive development; identify and discuss major psychological disorders and their treatment.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics in this course include neuroscience and behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness,memory, thinking, language, and intelligence, motivation and emotion,stress, coping, and well-being and social psychology.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (6/11).

Human Growth and Development (PSY160)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length:
Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to explain the biological beginnings of human life and identify key milestones in the socioemotional, physical and cognitive development of a person's life span from the period of infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include prenatal development and birth and physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in infancy, socioemotional, physical and cognitive development in early middle, and late childhood; and socioemotional, physical and cognitive development in adolescence; physical, cognitive and socioemotional development in early, middle, and late adulthood; and death, dying and grieving.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Human Services (6/11).

Organizational Behavior (PSY 314)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length:
Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to identify and discuss key concepts concerning how organizations function, develop, and change over time.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include the effects of individual behavior and process on organizations, the importance of individual cooperation in reaching organizational goals, and the nature of organizational dynamics.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Human Services (6/11).

Adolescence (PSY228)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to identify the key concepts of Adolescent Psychology; discuss factors affecting adolescent education, achievement; identify common problems encountered in adolescence regarding family, sexuality, gender, peers, romantic attachments, etc.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include puberty, health, and biological foundations, the brain and cognitive development, the self, identity, emotion, personality, gender, sexuality, moral development, values, and religion; families, and peers, romantic relationships, and lifestyles, education, achievement, work, and careers, culture, and problems in adolescence and emerging adulthood.
Credit recommendation:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Human Services (6/11).

Substance Abuse (PSY326)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be abel to discuss the nature and scope of drug use and abuse in contemporary society; identify and explain the nature and effects of several types of legal but commonly abused drugs; identify and explain key issues of enforcement and treatment.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include opioids, hallucinogens, marijuana, performance enhancing drugs; prevention,dependence and treatment, the etiology of alcohol dependence,the medical complications of alcohol abuse; the behavior of dependence, and the effects of alcohol problems on the family, and overview of evaluation and treatment options, treatment techniques and approaches, special populations and other psychiatric considerations.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Sociology or Human Services (6/11).

Alcoholism (PSY328)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to explain the effects of alcohol and societal issues related to alcohol use and abuse; identify and discuss medical and psychological issues related to alcohol abuse; identify different treatment approaches for alcoholism and its complicating factors.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include a historical and societal view of alcohol, alcohol and its costs, alcohol and the body, the etiology of alcohol dependence, the medical complications of alcohol abuse, the behavior of dependence, the effects of alcohol problems on the family, evaluation and treatment options, treatment techniques and approaches, special populations, other psychiatric considerations, and drugs of abuse other than alcohol.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Sociology, or Human Services (6/11).

Encountering Death and Dying (PSY334)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length:
Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will able to identify social and cultural attitudes toward death and explain the influence of sociocultural forces; discuss cultural and historical perspectives on death; discuss the impact of end-of-life decisions in a personal and health care setting.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topics include attitudes toward death in a climate of change, death and the influence of sociocultural forces, cultural and historical perspectives on death, mortality and society, end-of-life issues and decisions, facing death while living with life-threatening illness, funerals and body disposition, the experience of loss and death in the lives of children , adolescents and adults, suicide, threats of horrendous death, beyond death and after life, and the path ahead - personal and social choices.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, Sociology, or Human Services (6/11).

Abnormal Psychology (PSY382)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S. Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to identify basic concepts in abnormal psychology; define and discuss several major psychological disorders; explain ethical and legal issues related to the
treatment of the mentally ill.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topic in this course include a
look at history and research methods, classification and treatment plans, assessment,
theoretical perspectives, anxiety disorders; psychological factors affecting medical conditions, and dissociative disorders, sexual disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and related disorders, and
personality disorders, development-related disorders, aging-related and cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, impulse-control disorders, and ethical and legal issues related to the treatment of the mentally ill.
Credit recommendation: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology or Human Services (6/11).

Sociology (SOC105)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S. Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to discuss the development of sociological theory and compare and contrast major sociological perspectives and theories; define and discuss key terms and concepts in the field of sociology.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topic in this course include foundational concepts in sociology, sociological research, culture, socialization, social structure and interaction, deviance, families, education and religion, government and economy, social class, global inequality, gender and age, race and ethnicity, health, medicine, environment, and social change.
Credit recommendation: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology or Human Services (6/11).

Marriage and Family (SOC301)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S. Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will identify and discuss the current nature of marriage and family in America and the major issues confronting contemporary families.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topic in this course include an overview of marriage and family in America, diversity in families, gender roles, foundation for intimacy, sexuality, selecting a life partner, getting married, communication, power and conflict in marriage, work and home, parenting, family crisis, separation and divorce, remarriage and step-families, and intimacy in the later years.
Credit recommendation: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology or Human Services (6/11).

Social Problems (SOC343)

Location: Various locations throughout the U.S. Various locations throughout the U.S.
Length: Varies
Dates: June 2011 - December 2013.
Objectives: Students will be able to explain the nature and scope of major social problems in America and will be able to discuss their impact on society in both human and economic terms.
Instruction: This learning experience is offered in a distance learning, self-study module format and results in a proficiency examination. Texts are augmented by in-depth study guides with supplemental on-line interactive resources and audio/video lectures. Major topic in this course include social problems, sexual deviance, alcohol and other drugs, crime and delinquency, violence, poverty, gender and sexual orientation, race, ethnic groups, racism, war and terrorism, the environment, government and polities, work and the economy, education, family problems, health care and illness.
Credit recommendation: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology or Human Services (6/11).

Last Updated: December 16, 2013