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Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Sophia's Introduction to Psychology course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and the scientific methods. In this course, you will study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. You will also have the ability to demonstrate the application of these psychology topics to everyday situations. Full Description

3 semester credits

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This Introduction to Psychology Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Psychology Course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and the scientific methods. In this course, you will study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. You will also have the ability to demonstrate the application of these psychology topics to everyday situations.

In Sophia's Introduction to Psychology Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify foundational philosophies, therapies, and specializations in the field of psychology.
  • Analyze developmental psychology across the lifespan.
  • Identify theories of personality and personality assessment.
  • Articulate scientific research methodology and analytical approaches in the field of psychology.
  • Articulate how brain and psychological factors impact mental health and behavior.
  • Classify psychological disorders and impact on well­being.


190 Student Reviews
by Melanie C. on September 14, 2017
The Verification portion was an hassle but over all the class was very simple and start forward.
by Gale R. on September 12, 2017
Great course! Accurate information and tests!
by Denise M. on September 12, 2017
This was a good course. I like the options to choose the best way to learn. In my case I always chose Sophia because it is the most concise and informative. It was nice to work at my own pace. It was a good experience. I like how fast it can go and I like that I got my transcript the next day with my grade.
by Emery S. on August 30, 2017
This course is informative. It is not easy to take one Sophia course along with 2 Capella course at the same time. However, the intellectual concepts of Sophia' intro Psyc course help me to understand and write a depression paper for PSCY 3003; and help me to learn the concepts of child development (Psyc 2700) quicker. The learning platform is great. I like the option to pick the instructors for each unit. Of course, Sophia is my number one choice because I prefer to read. It is easier and faster to read and grasp the concepts than watching VDO. I hope other Sophia's courses would have something similar that I can read. I agree with others who say the questions are sometime confusing. I take extra time to comprehend the questions. Perhaps, re wording would help. Finally, thank you for $50 scholarship that I can use toward other Sophia courses. Unfortunately, I still have 3 free course from Capella available. Therefore, I let it expired. I recommend this class to everyone.
by Lisa S. on August 27, 2017
I preferred the Sophia text lessons provided for the majority of the course.
by Amanda D. on August 5, 2017
The unit studies were a bit confusing in the way they were organized but overall seem informative.
by Leigh R. on July 15, 2017
I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot from it, I would recommend it highly to any who consider taking it.
by Luis M. on July 10, 2017
This is a wonderful course!!!!


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