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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

The Psychology of Faith (PSY 315)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2021 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: answer questions about the primary psychological insights contained within the Mesillas Yesharim; identify key concepts, models, and principles regarding the psychological development of a person of Jewish faith; articulate methods of developing consciousness, intellectual complexity, sensitivity, and perception as they relate to Jewish faith; apply the concepts of mindfulness, memory, cognition, intelligence structures, and processes as they relate to Jewish faith; and explain key theories regarding emotions, personality, and psychological mindsets as they relate to Jewish faith and practice.


The focus of this course is the study of the psychology of faith as taught by the great Kabbalist and Jewish thinker, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (Ramchal), in his classic work, Mesillas Yesharim, (The Path of the Just). In this text, the Ramchal explores the mindsets, psychological constructs, development of consciousness, personality, emotions, and psychological processes as they relate to the subject of Jewish faith and practice.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, or Ethics (8/21).