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Psy 320


As described in the catalog, History of Psychology examines the historical antecedents of modern psychology from a systematic point of view. Prerequisites: PSY 110 or 111, 213 or 233 or PSY/SOC 223, and PSY 253 or 263; or graduate status in Psychology. At the end of the semester, students will have met the following objectives:

  • Use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline.
  • Explain the major perspectives of psychology.
  • Describe psychology in relation to other disciplines or interdisciplinary fields of study.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of psychology and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Describe the major applied areas of psychology.
  • Recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology.
  • Tolerate ambiguity and assume behavioral explanations will be complex.
  • Use critical thinking effectively.
  • Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals.
  • Recognize how privilege, power, and oppression affect prejudice, discrimination, and inequity.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.


My teaching philosophy is that we build knowledge by thinking, talking, writing, and evaluating current knowledge. I will have a dual role. For each section of the assigned readings, I will begin by reviewing key points. Then, I will become a group facilitator, with the class as a whole being in charge of the discussions.


Two in-class exams (i.e., mid-term and final) that will consist of short essays on provided topics. Graduate students enrolled in this course will be required to do extra work according to University policies.


Students currently enrolled in this course can find the syllabus, calendar for assignments and due dates, and grades by going through the REGGIENET (log in with your ULID and PASSWORD).

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