An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. Topics included are biological and developmental processes, perception and awareness, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior.
This free, online college class is an introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. Topics included are biological and developmental processes, perception and awareness, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, personality and individuality, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior.
Download the Intro to Psychology open course syllabus (PDF).
At the conclusion of this course, students will have a basic understanding and be able to competently discuss:
Chris S. Dula, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology | East Tennessee State University
Dr. Chris S. Dula has a passion for teaching Introductory Psychology (Intro Psych) courses, and for teaching in general. He’s a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and he holds adjunct faculty status in the Department of Family Medicine of the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.
At ETSU, Dr. Dula received the inaugural 2008-2010 Hayward Memorial Department of Psychology Faculty of Excellence Endowment Award. He has also received: the inaugural 2010 ETSU Student Choice Award for Teacher in the College of Arts & Sciences; the 2011 ETSU College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award; the 2011 ETSU Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching; and, the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for the ETSU Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, he was also named a 2011-2012 Top-25 University Professor on mtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com.
His academic career began with his obtaining an Associate’s Degree from Central Piedmont Community College, in 1994. He then got his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, respectively, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in 1996. He received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2000, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2003. And in 2004, he completed a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Memphis.
On arriving at ETSU in fall of 2004, he established the Applied Psychology Laboratory where students engage in a variety of research projects. His students have given over 250 presentations at professional conferences ranging from local to national in scope, and many won awards for their work. He has chaired several undergraduate honors theses and been a committee member for others. And, as of this date, he’s chaired well over a dozen graduate student committees which include thesis, capstone, preliminary examination, and dissertation projects; and has been a committee member for several dozen other such projects. He is the current faculty advisor for the ETSU chapter of Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology) and To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a group which aims to connect people suffering from depression, substance abuse, and/or suicidal ideation, with professional help and social support systems.
You can connect with him via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chris.dula.94 or Twitter at https://twitter.com/kryssdula (@kryssdula) or email him at email@example.com You can find additional information, including his curriculum vita, at: http://faculty.etsu.edu/dulac/