Introduction to Psychology (Online)

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Psychologists use scientific methods to study the behavior and the mental activity of humans and animals. Psychologists search for the causes of behavior both within an organism (biology) and within the environment (experiences). This course introduces students to the broad discipline of psychology, focusing on theories and research explaining behavior. Major areas include, but are not limited to, motivation, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development, stress and health, personality and psychopathology, and psychobiology. Students gain knowledge of the terminology and methods used in psychological science including fundamental principles, people, and theories important in the field while learning to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, theories, and opposing points of view regarding fundamental psychological principles. This course fulfills the Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning requirement for Humanities and Sciences. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course is asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, the course is project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.  

Required textbook:
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Register Before: June 2
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

HS 2340 20 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 7, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, August 13, 2021
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts
Online Classes