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3 Weeks


About the Course

Get a Psychology Certificate

Are you interested in learning why people think, feel, and behave as they do? In this course you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the field of Psychology, which Oxford Learner’s Dictionary defines as “the scientific study of the mind and how it influences human behavior”.

With information from both classic studies and current research in the field of psychology, you will learn about the human mind and the basic principles that guide how people think, feel, and behave in diverse cultures across the globe.

What to Expect

The Psychology Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Psychology 2e). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Psychology Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 8 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 16 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Psychology Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 8 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Psychology Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Psychology Certificate you will earn from the USILD

Introduction to Psychology

  • What Is Psychology?

  • History of Psychology

  • Contemporary Psychology

  • Careers in Psychology

Psychological Research

  • Why Is Research Important?

  • Approaches to Research

  • Analyzing Findings

  • Ethics


  • Human Genetics

  • Cells of the Nervous System

  • Parts of the Nervous System

  • The Brain and Spinal Cord

  • The Endocrine System

States of Consciousness

  • What Is Consciousness?

  • Sleep and Why We Sleep

  • Stages of Sleep

  • Sleep Problems and Disorders

  • Substance Use and Abuse

  • Other States of Consciousness

Sensation and Perception

  • Sensation versus Perception

  • Waves and Wavelengths

  • Vision

  • Hearing

  • The Other Senses

  • Gestalt Principles of Perception


  • What Is Learning?

  • Classical Conditioning

  • Operant Conditioning

  • Observational Learning (Modeling)

Thinking and Intelligence

  • What Is Cognition?

  • Language

  • Problem Solving

  • What are Intelligence and Creativity?

  • Measures of Intelligence

  • The Source of Intelligence


  • How Memory Functions

  • Parts of the Brain Involved with Memory

  • Problems with Memory

  • Ways to Enhance Memory

Lifespan Development

  • What Is Lifespan Development?

  • Lifespan Theories

  • Stages of Development

  • Death and Dying

Emotion and Motivation

  • Motivation

  • Hunger and Eating

  • Sexual Behavior

  • Emotion


  • What Is Personality?

  • Freud and the Psychodynamic Perspective

  • Neo-Freudians: Adler, Erikson, Jung, and Horney

  • Learning Approaches

  • Humanistic Approaches

  • Biological Approaches

  • Trait Theorists

  • Cultural Understandings of Personality

  • Personality Assessment

Social Psychology

  • What Is Social Psychology?

  • Self-presentation

  • Attitudes and Persuasion

  • Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience

  • Prejudice and Discrimination

  • Aggression

  • Prosocial Behavior

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

  • What Is Industrial and Organizational Psychology?

  • Industrial Psychology: Selecting and Evaluating Employees

  • Organizational Psychology: The Social Dimension of Work

  • Human Factors Psychology and Workplace Design

Stress, Lifestyle, and Health

  • What Is Stress?

  • Stressors

  • Stress and Illness

  • Regulation of Stress

  • The Pursuit of Happiness

Psychological Disorders

  • What Are Psychological Disorders?

  • Diagnosing and Classifying Psychological Disorders

  • Perspectives on Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Mood Disorders

  • Schizophrenia

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Disorders in Childhood

  • Personality Disorders

Therapy and Treatment

  • Mental Health Treatment: Past and Present

  • Types of Treatment

  • Treatment Modalities

  • Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: A Special Case

  • The Sociocultural Model and Therapy Utilization

Your Instructor

Marcus Harris

Marcus Harris

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