Online College Course

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Sophia's Introduction to Psychology course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and 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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Category: Social Science

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Introduction to Psychology

Course Description
Sophia's Introduction to Psychology course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and 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.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 18 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 6 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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 well-being

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


1962 Student Reviews
by Barbara K. on October 11, 2015
This class has a lot of content. If I was not able to review concepts from the classroom during the Final Milestone I think it would've been too overwhelming. I did not always like the 'situational' questions over material; I would prefer to be tested on the concepts directly. A few times I felt like the lectures and the questions were not congruent. Thank you, Barbara Keener
by Adam B. on October 11, 2015
Too many "fill in the blank" questions on milestones. They are counter-productive being that a student has to match their answer with the available answer dictionary. No other course that I have encountered (5 total) on Sophia has these kinds of questions on milestone tests.
Sophia replied on October 12, 2015

Adam -- congratulations on your successful course completion! Your feedback is valuable and we appreciate hearing from you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Joshua D. on October 16, 2015
Very intuitive and interesting
by Katie H. on June 6, 2018
Completed in a week! Great course!!!
by Madi B. on May 22, 2020
Finished with a 97%. All answers are in the book. The tests are 19-22 questions long normally and you have an hour and twenty minutes to complete them. Very easy and informative!
by Shelby V. on January 28, 2017
At first, I was very frustrated by this course. Once I got a hang of how I needed to word things and what I needed to pay attention to it became relatively easy and fun!
by Nicole B. on October 15, 2015
Need to work on some of the tests. I found a lot of mistakes in them. Also a lot of spelling errors in the notes.
Sophia replied on October 15, 2015

Nicole -- Congratulations on your successful course completion! We appreciate the feedback you shared as you went through the course and look forward to having you in a future course with us.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Mandalyn A. on April 25, 2020
First of all, I would like to thank Sophia for being "free" due to Covid-19. I have been studying through another not credited website to finish this class but because of this opportunity, I was able to utilize the knowledge I already had to complete this course as a prerequisite to my CCAF. As a military member, this is much appreciated. This site is easy to use and I will be starting another class today!


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