The department offers two introductory courses, one of which prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination. Students in both courses experience a broad exposure to the major areas and central concerns of modern psychology, with particular emphasis on developmental psychology, personality theory, social psychology, and the like. Both courses explore the relationship between theoretical constructs and empirical findings and thus help students to understand the nature of scientific inquiry and to evaluate scientific claims. The department is fortunate to own several film collections that directly support and illuminate our assigned readings. Both courses provide a good foundation for further coursework in psychology and related scientific disciplines.