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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 305)


Varies; self-study format

Various; distance learning format

March 2021 - Present

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify the cultural roots of psychology; examine the empirical and non-empirical approaches of Greek scholars; recount the role Christianity played in the history of psychology; detail the impact of the Italian Renaissance; compare and contrast empirical scientific psychology with philosophical models; recount the contributions of French academics; explain how knowledge is acquired according to the British; define mental activity within the context of the German school of thought; understand when and how psychology became an independent discipline; list the movements that established psychology’s intellectual foundations; differentiate between Functional psychology and Gestalt psychology; discuss how Behaviorism deviated from traditional views; understand the extent of psychology’s malleability; name and describe the various aspects of phenomenology and existential philosophy; and illustrate how psychology has evolved in Asian countries. 


Major topics include: studying the history of psychology; philosophical influences on psychology, physiological influences on psychology, women and, minorities in psychology, the new psychology; structuralism in psychology, antecedent influences on functionalism, development of functionalism, applied psychology, antecedent influences on behaviorism, development of behaviorism, evolution of behaviorism, gestalt psychology, important theories in psychoanalysis, and contemporary developments in psychology.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (8/21).