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EAC to offer Abnormal Psychology this spring

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EAC to offer Abnormal Psychology this spring

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Social Sciences Department is offering a new class this spring semester entitled Abnormal Psychology. This three-credit course transfers to all Arizona universities and fulfills the requirement for a social science and transfers as a departmental elective.

Taught by EAC instructor Jennifer Leaver, the course will cover a wide range of topics including: what makes behavior abnormal, what qualifies behavior to be categorized as mental illness, and numerous specific mental illnesses. Students will learn common symptoms, characteristics, and behaviors of these mental illnesses, as well as the many treatments for them. The course can give insight into a student’s own behavior or the behavior of their family or friends and possibly assist them in understanding and relating to individuals with mental illness.

“Psychology majors can take either this class or developmental psychology as part of the requirements for the major,” says Leaver. “However, I imagine that many students and community members will decide to take Abnormal Psychology for personal interest.”

This course introduces students to the elements which influence our biological, physical, social, and gender development and has gender awareness embedded in its content. It presents valuable concepts to those students entering any of the various disciplines in the social or behavioral sciences. It is also useful for students who will enter other professions by helping them to understand themselves and those with whom they will associate.

Students who wish to enroll in Abnormal Psychology, PSY240, will need to fulfill a prerequisite of Psychology 101 and then register for Section #1062.

For Spring 2008, the class will meet in room 118 of the Academic Programs Building each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 to 10:50 a.m.

To register, visit the Records and Registration Office in EAC’s Student Services Building, call 428-8270, or go online at

For more information, contact Leaver at 428-8350 or at ###