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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

Theories of Personality (PSY 365)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2022 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the historical development of major theories of personality and their key components; compare and contrast the major theories of personality, including psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, evolutionary, and cross-cultural perspectives; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each theory of personality in terms of empirical support and applicability across diverse populations; synthesize knowledge gained from examining different perspectives on personality to develop a comprehensive understanding of the complex nature of human personality; apply the major theories of personality to real-life case studies and explain how these theories can inform clinical practice, interventions, and assessment; critically examine contemporary research on personality and personality disorders, and assess its relevance and implications for the field of psychology; and formulate well-reasoned arguments for the importance of considering multiple theoretical perspectives on personality in clinical practice and research.


This learning experience covers the main theorists who represent psychoanalysis, neo psychoanalysis, lifespan, trait, humanistic, cognitive, behavioral, and social learning and how events in the theorists' personal lives influenced the development of their theories. Other topics include analysis of recent research on a few aspects of personality, such as locus of control, sensation seeking, learned helplessness, optimism-pessimism, positive psychology, and the role that race, gender, and culture have in the study of personality and in personality testing. Students review previous topics and make conclusions based on the theorist's work.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper level baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (2/22/23).