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General Psychology, Part One (Optional College Credit)

Embark on a fascinating journey into the human mind with our General Psychology course that reflects our Catholic faith! We will delve into the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, explore fundamental principles in neuroscience, perception, cognition, and more. With an optional college dual enrollment opportunity, students can gain a head start on their academic journey while developing critical thinking skills to navigate complex topics like developmental psychology and personality.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade 

Suggested credit: One full semester of Psychology. Eligible for college credit through Benedictine University

Special notes: This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two offered in the Spring semester. There is a writing component. Parts One and Two of this course are part of the Benedictine College program for dual enrollment. They align with PSYC-1000 for 3 college credits. More information will be posted soon!


General Psychology provides an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The course introduces students to fundamental principles in neuroscience, perception, cognition, learning, memory, motivation, personality, abnormality, and social psychology. The surveyed principles prepare students to think and reflect critically about people.

** Parents should note that mature topics will be touched upon in Developmental Psychology (Chapter 9, Weeks 5 & 6) and Personality (Chapter 11, Weeks 11 & 12). These topics include gender, sexuality, and Freud’s psychosexual theory.

Course Goals:

Understand major theories of psychology.

Be able to think critically about psychology.

Be familiar with different domains of psychology.

Be able to apply psychological research to everyday experiences.

Communicate information and ideas about psychology.


Week 1: Introduction to Psychology
Week 2: Psychological Research
Week 3: Stress & Health
Week 4: Stress & Health
Week 5: Developmental Psychology
Week 6: Developmental Psychology
Week 7: Biopsychology & Consciousness
Week 8: Biopsychology & Consciousness
Week 9: Sensation & Perception
Week 10: Sensation & Perception
Week 11: Personality
Week 12: Personality

Materials and Homework

Materials: All materials will be provided by the instructor. We will be using Psychology 2e which is an open source textbook. It can be found here: https://openstax.org/details/books/psychology-2e

Homework: Students are expected to do the assigned readings and watch any assigned videos. There will be one assignment and one forum each week, and one quiz every other week. In addition, students will complete a midterm exam after 12 weeks. Expect to spend 4 hours per week outside of class meetings.
**For students who opt into the dual-enrollment program, Benedictine College will offer additional testing to determine eligibility for college-level credit. This additional testing will comprise a midterm and a final exam.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, September 9 to December 9, 2024. (No class Oct. 14 & Nov. 25)

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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