Introduction to Personality

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Psychology 360: Introduction to Personality
Psyc 111
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$301.00/Credit (No Fees)


Examine the basic concepts in the field of personality.

You are about to begin a course that reviews 15 of the most important personality theories that have emerged during the past century. The theories covered in PSYC360: Introduction to Personality provide excellent examples of differing theoretical perspectives regarding the driving forces of human natures and associated basic assumptions about how they operate.

It is important to emphasize that theoretical ideas regarding personality development are not restricted to those presented in a textbook. Other ideas could be found today or certainly in the future that extend beyond those presented in this course. This set of theories was selected because of their historic importance in the field of psychology. Additional viewpoints will emerge and earn equal respect over time.

PSYC360: Introduction to Personality should serve, however, to broaden your understanding about fundamental differences of opinion within the field regarding the forces of human nature that influence personality development and functioning.

  1. What is Personality?
  2. Sigmund Freud
  3. Carl Jung
  4. Alfred Adler
  5. Karen Horney
  6. Erik Erikson
  7. Gordon Allport
  8. Raymond Cattell & Hans Eysenck
  10. B.F. Skinner
  11. John Dollard & Neal Miller
  12. Albert Bandura & Walter Mischel
  13. David Buss
  14. George Kelly
  15. Carl Rogers
  16. Abraham Maslow
  17. Rollo May
  • Form a deeper understanding of the basic assumptions about the driving forces of human nature described in 15 major theories of personality.
  • Form a deeper understanding of the different theoretical perspectivesthat are typically described in the field of psychology.
  • Learn detailed descriptions and definitions of many concepts that have their origins in the 15 major theories of personality reviewed in this course.


Olson, M. H. & Hergenhahn, B. R. (2011). An Introduction to Theories of Personality (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-020579878-0.

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:


The assignments include chapter readings, exercises and multiple-choice quizzes. The exams are also multiple-choice.

You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.