PSY 401 - History and Systems of Psychology

  • 3 credits

Philosophical and scientific underpinnings of psychology; major historical developments in psychology; schools of psychological thought.


PSY 250 (Research Methods in Psychology); junior or senior standing.

Important Information

You will need access to a video recording device--e.g., web camera, laptop webcam, smartphone, camcorder, or camera to complete some of the graded assignments for this course.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • A History of Psychology: Ideas & Context, 5th Ed. (2014)
    King, D., Viney, W., and Woody, W.
    ISBN: 978-0205963041


Sara Tompkins

Sara Anne Tompkins received her Ph.D. in social psychology with a health emphasis in 2006 from Colorado State University. She completed her post doc at University of Colorado looking at adherence to physical activity interventions in sedentary populations. She is a teaching faculty at Colorado State University and owns an evaluation consulting business to help non-profits better understand and effectively use evaluation in their daily community efforts.

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