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 89997B Doctoral Project II

Credits : 3

This course is a continuation of Doctoral Project I. It is the second of five courses to accomplish completing the final project. The main focus of study for this course is placed on conducting a literature review of the subject in preparation for either a theoretical or qualitative analysis. Attention is given to understanding the differences between literature reviews for theoretical vs. qualitative research designs, analyzing the literature in addressing each Learner's specific, newly formulated research questions, and evaluating research literature for validity and reliability. The course will integrate and demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the degree course work and will include the written submission of a thorough literature review in respect to the proposed problem. The project is intended to make a significant contribution to the field and/or the Learner's discipline. The grade for the course is either a Satisfactory or an Unsatisfactory grade only.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the internet
  • Analyze the literature in addressing newly formulated research questions
  • Synthesize theoretical and qualitative data in the literature review of a topic
  • 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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