Psychology Courses

Single Undergraduate Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, you have the option of enrolling in a course without committing to a degree program. It’s a fantastic way to get a feel for the CalSouthern online learning experience before enrolling. You can apply the credits you earn to a CalSouthern bachelor’s degree program, or, since CalSouthern is regionally accredited, the credits are readily transferable into a bachelor’s program at another institution, as well.* Or, maybe you simply want to gain college-level knowledge and expertise in a topic area of interest to you.

Choose from any of the undergraduate courses in CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. A vast selection of subjects are available, on topics as diverse as cognition and the brain, addiction, abnormal psychology, marriage and family therapy and business psychology.

Getting started is quick and easy. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. Courses start every month and 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.

Undergraduate Courses

PSY 2302 Basic Abnormal Psychology

Credits : 3
This course provided an integrative approach to psychopathology through and exploration of psychological, biological and sociocultural factors. Emphasis is on theories of abnormal behavior and the clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the major mental disorders of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th edition (DSM-5). Consideration is given to the influence of cultural, developmental and other diversity issues on behavior. Legal and ethical issues associated with diagnosis and treatment are addressed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Examine the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders
  • Describe the symptoms associated with the major mental disorders
  • Compare evidence based treatment interventions for abnormal behavior
  • Apply research findings in abnormal psychology
  • Illustrate an understanding of culture and diversity in diagnosis and treatment
  • Identify legal and ethical issues in diagnosis and treatment
  • 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

Course Concepts:

Learners will understand major concepts and begin to recognize: 

· Causes of abnormal behavior 
· Major classifications of mental disorders 
· Major classifications of personality disorders 
· Alcoholism and substance abuse disorders 
· Maladaptive responses to stress 
· Eating disorders 


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