The vast majority of the world's population identifies itself as religious and/or spiritual. Relationships between religion/spirituality and attitudes, behavior, health, and psychological adjustment have been demonstrated in research. Because of this, it is important to better understand the role that religion and spirituality play in people's lives and to explore their roles in psychological functioning.
This course is a survey of the research on antecedents, development, correlates and consequences of religion and spirituality from a psychological perspective. The course is designed to enhance critical thinking skills, demonstrate how the methods of science can be applied to the study of religious and spiritual phenomena, provide an overview of a wide range of such research, and encourage you to make as many personal applications of course content as possible.
This course can be applied toward:
PSY 100 (General Psychology).
Students enrolling late assume the risk of missing the deadline to receive a full refund of tuition. Please see drop/refund policy at http://www.learn.colostate.edu/answers/policies/drop-policy.dot
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, 3rd Ed.
Other required readings will be accessible electronically and at no cost through the CSU electronic reserve.
Bryan J. Dik is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at Colorado State University and co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology, a CSU Ventures company that matches job seekers to employers using psychological assessment. His research interests focus on work as a calling or vocation; purpose, meaning, religion and spirituality in career development; vocational interests; and career development interventions. He teaches courses in vocational psychology, personality psychology, and the psychology of religion.