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 87503 History and Systems of Psychology

Credits : 3

This comprehensive course provides in-depth coverage of intellectual trends with an emphasis on the major systems of thought and key developments in basic and applied psychology. Examples of psychological thought encountered in ancient Greek and Roman periods as well as in Chinese, Indian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian Arab, Spanish and Hebraic cultures are explored. Consideration is given to the contribution of women, people of color, and scholars from outside the United States on the emergence of psychology. Current trends toward globalization and multiculturalism are addressed through a recognition of intersectionality in the psychology of prejudice and privilege.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Distinguish among the major theoretical approaches utilized in psychology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of psychology as it relates to the natural sciences, social sciences, and applied disciplines
  • Correlate the history of psychology as it relates to the evolution of methods of research and inquiry as well as theoretical conflicts
  • Formulate and critically assess the roles of major individuals and cultural influences in shaping modern psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology

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