by jay mann
Psychology: A Rewarding Field For You
Article by Natasha Bright
Introduction to Psychology is the first class of the course of study for those who are interested in being psychology majors. This course is a pre-requisite on most campuses to taking further classes in a program as students must complete this initial survey course in order to have a basic knowledge of this field before proceeding onwards in their endeavor into the process of learning of the inner workings of the human mind.
Some students are able to avoid taking Psych 101. This course can be taken in high school and it is known as Advanced Placement Psychology. The College Board administers the test for this course, and students who obtain a score of 3 or better on this test are usually given credit for the course as they’ve demonstrated proficiency on learning the basics of the science.
This first introductory session prepares psychology majors to understand different types of disorders. Students who enter these programs are interested in helping people through disorders, and while this first class doesn’t fully explain the nuts and bolts of a disorder, it can provide adequate background knowledge for a student to further their study.
There are many students who are interested in schizophrenia. This mental disorder is the one that Hollywood, television and many novels have made infamous. In reality, this disease is debilitating for those affected and while Intro to Psychology will give exposure to the disorder, it will not allow for a more detailed study of the disease. Many psychology students look forward to the courses further along where they can study this disorder along with the others.
Those will carry through to a major in this area also have great interest in the many figures that have impacted the science throughout the years. Some psychologists are more colorful in nature, while others are more staid. There are many researchers who are covered throughout the semester and students must have background knowledge about all of them to pass the course and to advance their studies.
One of the first practitioners that students learn about is the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. Piaget is the first theorist to propose a theory of cognitive development. Thanks to his work, there is more knowledge as to how children learn, why they learn what they learn and then how they apply those lessons. Students are taught the baseline ideas of his work.
Erik Erikson was a Danish psychologist who followed Piaget. Piaget was primarily concerned with children and their development, while Erikson was concerned with identity issues from the time of infancy and concluding with old age and/or death. Students learn about Erikson’s different stages and the conflicts therein.
It’s important to remember that the college course online is just a survey course in free college programs that is designed to introduce students to the many different ideas and people who have changed psychology throughout the years.