145 Honors College Psychology

1 semester, ½ credit (With ECC requirement)

Open to seniors

Prerequisites: Advisor’s signature is required. Note that to qualify for this course, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

Students must be able to perform at an accelerated level and possess strong time management skills. This course will be taught as an online course by instructors from East Central College. Students are assigned class time during their school day to complete this online work and progress will be monitored by SFBRHS staff. East Central College provides a transcript of these credits. (It is the students' responsibility to check with the colleges of their choice to verify acceptance of the credits.) Students will need to purchase textbooks for this course.

Psychology is designed to provide the student with a broad, general introduction to the field of psychology. It is a study of behavior designed to present an account of the significant concepts and findings in contemporary psychology. The course should provide a clear description of the bodies of knowledge in the core areas of psychology.

This course may be taken for college credit (ECC course PY 1103, 3 credits), additional ECC tuition and online course fees must be paid to ECC by the family. 


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Distinguish between the psychological perspective and other social science perspectives.
  2. Think creatively and critically.
  3. Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  4. Draw on history and the social sciences to evaluate contemporary problems.
  5. Describe and analytically compare social, cultural, and historical settings and processes other than one’s own.
  6. Describe and explain the constitutions of the United States and Missouri.
  7. Analyze and evaluate their own and others’ speaking and writing.
  8. Respond to the needs of different venues and audiences and choose words for appropriateness and effectiveness.
  9. Write and speak effectively by making formal written and oral presentations employing (appropriate) correct diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
  10. Read, analyze, and respond to material critically and appropriately.
  11. Compare and contrast historical and cultural ethical perspectives and belief systems.
  12. Recognize the ramifications of one’s value decisions on self and others.
  13. Recognize conflicts within and between value systems and recognize and analyze ethical issues as they arise in a variety of contexts.
  14. Consider multiple perspectives, recognize biases, deal with ambiguity, and take a reasonable position.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The theories which define and support the psychological perspective
  2. The process of research and its relationship to the field of psychology
  3. The major issues and areas that are linked to the field of psychology and the human condition
  4. Ethics and social responsibility 
  5. Communication 

This page last updated January 27, 2021, by the Social Studies Department.