Psychology Courses

Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest

Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Doctoral Courses

PSY 87550 Positive Psychology

Credits : 3

Positive Psychology has recently been established to promote the scientific study of human strengths and virtues. This course will examine human behavior that is effective, valuable, and contributes positively to personal growth and global enrichment. Topics covered will include: historical overview of this field; theoretical approaches to personality growth and self-actualization; the biology of positive emotions; subjective well-being; peak performance; love and intimacy; mindfulness and creativity; altruism and health; interventions for enhanced wellness; job satisfaction and self-fulfillment in the workplace; religion, spirituality, and positive living.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Integrate the current research on the neuropsychology of positive emotions
  • Illustrate the clinical significance of culture, diversity and legal/ethical issues
  • Distinguish between factors related to job satisfaction or self-actualization in the workplace
  • Speculate how aesthetics, creativity, and mindfulness are interrelated
  • Consider how religion and spirituality can contribute to a sense of well-being and happiness, across the lifespan.
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
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