General Psychology

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Code: PSYC 101

An introductory course that acquaints the student with the different domains of study that fall under the classification of psychology.

This course promotes a familiarity with the basic concepts and theories of each area and differentiates between the secular and Christian viewpoints.

Some specific areas of study include the nervous system, personality, and styles of learning.


No Monthly


Week 1

  • What is Psychology?
  • Why Study Psychology?
  • Can Psychology be Christian?
  • Father of Psychiatry
  • Theory Development
  • Christianity and Psychology
  • Approaches Relating Psychology and Theology
  • Forum: Introductions
  • Reading: Chapters 1 and 2
  • Keynotes
  • Video Lecture: Who’s Who in Psychology
  • Video Lecture: What Makes us Who We Are
  • Video Lecture: The Biology of Mind and Consciousness

Week 2

  • Stage Theories
  • Counter View to Stage Theory of Child Development
  • A Balanced View
  • Freud’s Psychosexual Theory
  • Reading: Chapters 10-11
  • Keynotes
  • Video Lecture: Development Through the Life Span
  • Video Lecture: Adolescence and Adulthood
  • Video Lecture: Young Adulthood
  • Forum: Adolescent Development

Week 3

  • Left-Right Conflict
  • The Holistic Nature of Humanity
  • Reading: Chapter 3
  • Forum: Human Development
  • Keynotes
  • Video Lecture: The Culture’s View of Women
  • Video Lecture: Hearing
  • Review for Exam 1
  • Exam 1: Chapters 1-3 & 10-11

Week 4

  • How we Learn
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Pavlov’s Experiment
  • Classical Conditioning: Terms, Types, and Principles
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Observational Learning
  • Reading: Chapter 6
  • Keynotes
  • Discussion Forum: Human Development
  • Video Lecture: Classical Conditioning
  • Video Lecture: Operant Conditioning
  • Reminder: Paper 1

Week 5

  • Three Stages of Human Information Processing
  • Mnemonics
  • Imagination, Association, and Location
  • Three Processes of Reasoning
  • Self-talk
  • Self-Concept and Negative Messages
  • Compensation and Inferiority Complexes
  • Self-esteem and Children
  • Reading: Chapter 7
  • Keynotes
  • Video Lecture: Aggression
  • Video Lecture: Memory Retrieval
  • Forum: Self-Talk
  • Forum: Self Worth

Courses consist of 12 units over a 16-week period. The above is only a sample.

There are no prerequisites for General Psychology.

Introduction to Psychology and Counseling, 2nd Edition

Meier, Minirth, Wichern & Ratcliff Baker | ISBN 0801062756

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The original Introduction to Psychology and Counseling offered students a balanced view of the relationship between Christianity and psychology.

This edition updates and refines that view. Emphasizing clinical applications, the authors survey classic psychology models and theories, exploring distinctively biblical methods of family and individual counseling.

It includes over 100 “spotlights” on persons, ideas, and applications, as well as illustrations, indexes, and a glossary.

25% — Exams

20% — Lectures and Keynotes

20% — Reading Text

20% — Papers (including Selected Project)

15% — Participation

Ryan Watters, MA, LPC

Adjunct Faculty

  • BA in Ministerial Education, God’s Bible School & College
  • MAC in Counseling, Cincinnati Christian University

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