Introduction to Psychology –Online Program

Offered by: StraighterLine

College credits: 3

Course length: Self-paced, 8 weeks



Introduction to Psychology provides a general survey of psychology including the relationship between biology and behavior, such as how stress impacts personal health. Other topics introduced in the course include intelligence and reasoning, personality, gender and sex, memory, ethics, and research methods.

  • Define psychology and describe the four goals of psychology.
  • Identify the origins of the field of psychology and analyze how various methods, people and theories have impacted early psychology to evolve into contemporary psychology. 
  • Propose ways in which psychologists can apply their expertise in society. 
  • Analyze how race, culture, and ethnicity influence behavior. 
  • Describe the discipline and practice of sociocultural psychology. 
  • Define the concept hypothesis and theory, analyze the requirements for using the scientific method in psychology, and identify the importance of objectivity in psychological research. 
  • Analyze research methods in psychology and explain the descriptive research designs. 
  • Identify experiments using correlational and experimental research methods. 
  • Define the nervous system and analyze how the body works with the nervous system to generate behavior. 
  • Compare and contrast the central, peripheral nervous systems, somatic, and autonomic nervous systems. 
  • Distinguish between the Gestalt principles and identify the process of sensory perception. 
  • Summarize the effects of drug addiction and dependence and produce real life scenarios resulting from drug abuse. 
  • Explain cognitive-social approaches to learning. Compare and contrast the characteristics of observational and latent learning. 
  • Create an original diagram showing the regions of the brain that influence memory.  
  • Identify Carl Jung's influence on the study of psychosexual development. 
  • Compare and contrast methods and theories for measuring and assessing personality. 
  • Identify the relationship between prejudice and stereotypes and describe how these constructions affect our attributions about other people's behavior.  
  • Distinguish among the explanations for prejudice and identify some effective techniques for combating prejudice.

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is StraighterLine?
StraighterLine is an educational provider that offers online higher education courses that are equivalent to general courses required for bachelor’s degrees. Their courses have been evaluated by American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and have been recommended for college credit. They have partnerships with a number of accredited colleges and universities.

What is the application process like?
Your advisor will be in contact throughout the process to help you complete the application, as well as answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, here is a general outline of what to expect:
  1. Apply to this offering.
  2. Complete the SmarterMeasure assessment related to your online learning style.
  3. In certain cases, you will need to submit your unofficial transcripts to Guild.

What does a self-paced course mean?
You can take a course 100% online at your own speed, in the comfort of your own home. You can take the course exam whenever you are ready. If you dedicate 17 to 20 hours per week to a course, this should allow you to finish a course within a single month. 

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.