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.
PSY 87991A Doctoral Project I
This course prepares the doctoral candidate for the development of a final project. It is the first of five courses to accomplish the final project. A review of research design, modes of inquiry, techniques of analysis, the social and ethical context of research, and the uses of research is undertaken. The focus of study is on the delineation of a problem in the field of psychology and a plan for conducting research that will lead to its resolution. Emphasis is on developing the background of the problem, statement of the problem, purpose, and significance of the study in respect to the proposed problem. The doctoral project is intended to make a significant contribution to the field of Psychology and provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates to integrate and apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the degree course work. The final grade for the course is either Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with diverse Learners and Mentors
- Analyze various research methodologies
- Identify a specific problem or an area for analysis and/or intervention
- Formulate research questions and identify an applicable theory
- Identify and establish key words regarding criteria or variables
- Support research questions by assessing the literature
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct research
- Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
- Demonstrate ethical behavior in the use of technology