PSYC 323

The Nature of Creativity: A Psychological Perspective

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course examines creativity's role in the therapeutic process. Writings by psychologists and artists are explored to help students better understand psychological creativity. The class studies questions such as: how is art therapeutic? and, how does the therapeutic process help one see and live life more creatively?

Learning outcomes


  • Student will understand psychological models of the creative process.
  • Students will learn historical trends in the evaluation of creativity.
  • Students will learn techniques for encouraging creativity in self and others.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 The Nature of Creativity: A Psychological Perspective Tollefson, Ted Books Course details