Liberal Arts > Psychology

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Introduces the field of psychology. Covers major principles and their application to the study of human behavior.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of psychology and/or apply knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will have demonstrated they can:

  1. Identify important terminology, concepts, and principles from the major fields and perspectives in psychology. (GE 1)
  2. Write quality essays and assignments based upon the American Psychological Association’s style manual (GE 2).
  3. Describe, explain, or apply selected concepts and principles from approaches and perspectives in psychology, including scientific principles and procedures. (GE 6).
  4. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in psychology and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

III. Topics

The course introduces students to the major fields and principles of psychology: major perspectives, neuroscience, perception, consciousness, behaviorism, learning, memory, developmental psychology, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, social psychology, personality, and psychological disorders.


Scheduled PSY-101 classes:

Fall 2019