Master of Arts in Psychology, Organizational Diversity

Master of Arts in Psychology, Organizational Diversity

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

ORG 6300 Human Development  
This course explores the major theories of adult development related to emotions, personality, cognitive functioning, social and family influences, and physical functioning. Current theoretical approaches and research related to adult development are emphasized as well as practical applications in the therapy setting.

ORG 5270 Mental Health & Psychopathology in the Workplace  
This course acquaints the student with both normal and abnormal behavior evident in the workplace. The focus of the course is creating a healthy culture in the workplace, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and managing stress. In addition, students learn the common mental disorders and personality disorders manifested in an organizational setting and how to exercise leadership to bring about positive change.

ORG 6530 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy  
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences  
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

ORG 6405 Applied Research Methods
This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 5400 Statistics & Research Design  
This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles. 

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law*
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting the practicing psychologist. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. 

ORG 6701 Emotional Intelligence & Diversity  
Students will learn a variety of skills, both insight- and action-based, with a core focus on understanding oneself and others in order to have productive interactions. The course builds upon on Goleman's research in emotional intelligence, and upon diversity scholars (e.g., Cherbosque, Gardenswartz, and Rowe) who have developed an integrative competency model for emotional intelligence and diversity. The four key-competencies include affirmative introspection, self-governance, intercultural literacy, and social architecting. Students will gain an understanding of the role of emotional intelligence as an aspect of personal empowerment and professional effectiveness, learn methods to manage emotions triggered by differences, develop strategies for building harmonious and productive relationships, and gain tools and activities to help others develop emotional intelligence and diversity.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change  
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theory & Systems  
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors which influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6705 Cross-Cultural Communications  
Students will explore the dimensions of culture as well as the theories of culture and the impact that it has on intrapersonal and interpersonal communication inclusive of basic negotiation techniques. World cultures will be explored through various lenses. Students will further develop an understanding for the depth of complexity behind ethnocentrism, and the notion of acculturation and enculturation as it is understood in different nations and then applied to global organizations.

ORG 6710 Strategic Diversity Management  
In this course, students will learn to create the infrastructure to support diversity in the organization, about measuring programmatic diversity outcomes, setting up diversity councils and taskforces as well as working with leadership to assure that the concept of heterogeneity is imbedded into the culture of the organization. Special emphasis will be focused on the building a business case to support diversity work in a multitude of different business environments from healthcare to higher education to technology companies.

ORG 6521 Coaching & Building Teams  
This course explores the complex psychological contracts, verbal and non-verbal, between leaders and followers that may take multiple forms. The dynamics between two or more people and between leaders and small groups are key topics. Group formation and group development as well as the intricacies of coaching and mentoring are examined with an emphasis on both exploring and developing high functioning teams.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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