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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Positive Psychology (PSY 110)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

October 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: define and articulate key concepts, findings, and controversies in the emerging field of positive psychology; discuss research methods (including measures, interventions, and research paradigms) used in positive psychology research; evaluate evidence for the validity, both internal and external, of empirical claims in contemporary positive psychology research; and articulate from first-hand experience with positive psychology activities a perspective on how positive psychology is (or is not) relevant in life.


Positive psychology encompasses the study of positive experiences, positive character strengths, positive relationships, and the institutions and practices that facilitate their development. Positive experiences include the mental states of flow and mindfulness and emotions about the present (e.g., pleasure, contentment, laughter), past (e.g., nostalgia, satisfaction, pride), and future (e.g., hope and optimism). This course also reviews the history of positive psychology and the contributions that this new field has made to several traditional research areas in psychology. Consideration will be given to conflicting viewpoints and their respective empirical support, including the benefits of balancing positive with negative emotions, the measurement and development of happiness, and the implications of deliberately attempting to increase it.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Positive Psychology, or Psychology (10/20).