Catalogue 2021 - 2022

PSY 317 Psychology of the Exceptional Person


3 cr.


PSY 101 and junior standing, or permission of the chair.

Course Description

This is a survey of the unique needs and problems of exceptional people including those who have mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism, giftedness, sensory handicaps, cultural disadvantages, and emotional disturbance, as well as those who belong to multiple categories of exceptionality. The course extends beyond identification criteria and treatment and considers these individuals as they function in, influence, and are influenced by their families, schools, and larger cultural contexts.