PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology • 5 Cr.


Introduces the theories, diagnosis, and treatment of maladaptive behavior and psychological disorders. Class format may include field trips to psychiatric institutions. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the criteria and controversy regarding the definition of "abnormal" behavior including the concept of diversity as introduced by mental health advocacy groups. 
  • Describe current practices and challenges of diagnosis, assessment, research, and working with persons challenged by psychological disorders. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the current classification system used by mental health professionals. Describe and evaluate the major theoretical approaches and techniques to understanding and working with persons challenged by abnormal or disordered behavior. 
  • Identify the main diagnostic categories and differentiate among symptoms, proposed causes, and preferred methods for working with persons challenged by major psychological disorders.