Welcome to Introductory Psychology!

This course offers an overview of the history, status, and promise of scientific and applied psychology, a field that connects to both the natural and social sciences. Students will learn about the biological and evolutionary basis of psychological processes, and ways those processes are influenced by social and cultural contexts. For students who may major or minor in psychology, this course serves as a foundation for upper level courses. However, it also designed to serve all students, for whom this knowledge is a general contribution to a liberal arts education.

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When and where?


WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:45am-1:00pm

WHERE: Griffith Theater, located on the lower level of the Bryan Center

Our first day of class is Tuesday, August 27th

Lab/Discussion Sections

Sections meet once a week for 50 minutes. Every student is enrolled in a specific discussion section.

Check out our section schedule for specific times, locations, and the name of the Teaching Fellow leading your section. 

What will I learn?

Conceptual foundations of psychology: How to recognize and describe a wide range of psychological concepts and themes and associated scientists.

Application and connection: How to recognize the psychological dimension of everyday experience, as well as important social problems (e.g., education, healthcare).

Critical thinking: How to apply an open-minded yet critical stance to psychological claims, including those that appear in popular portrayals of psychological science.


Scientific literacy:

o   How to recognize a variety of scientific methods that are used to answer scientific questions, and critically evaluate their strengths and limitations.

o   How to understand the basic components of an empirical research article and how to find articles on topics of interest.

Scientific research skills: How to generate original research questions and define methods for addressing those questions.

Collaborative thinking: How to support others’ learning in small and large groups.

This course is taught by a team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Learn about our team!

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