Overview of historical antecedents and major theoretical and historical systems within psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and sophomore standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
PSYC 101 and sophomore standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
An Introduction to the History of Psychology
By Hergenhahn, B. R. (Brooks/Cole) Recommended
History and Systems of Psychology
By Brennan, J. F. (Prentice-Hall) Recommended
A History of Psychology
By Leahey, T. H. (Prentice-Hall) Recommended
A history of modern psychology
By Schultz, D. P. & Schultz S. E. (Wadsworth) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Identify and describe the key contributions of individuals in the history of psychology (e.g. Aristotle).
Recognize how historical trends and events impact the development of psychology over time and continue into present day.
Identify and describe the major schools of psychology (e.g. Behaviorism).
Produce a paper in APA format and style which provides defendable evidence to support a clear topic related to the history of psychology.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Psychology as a science
Psychology in the Renaissance
Empiricism, sensationalism, and positivism
Romanticism and existentialism
Early experimental psychology
Darwin's impact on psychology
History of the treatment, attitudes, and diagnosing of mental disorders
The future of psychology
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.