Brian Holt

Arts, Humanities & Social Sci
FTF - Psychology
North Seattle College
M=10-11, 12:30-2; W= 10-12:30; Though more likely all by appointment


No classes were found this quarter.
  • Course Title: Abnormal Psychology
  • Subject: PSYC&
  • Catalog #: 220
  • Credits: 5
  • Class Day: TTH
  • Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • End Time: 12:30 PM
  • Building: College Center (NS0CC)
  • Room: 3452
  • Section: H4
  • Class#: 27049
  • Course Title: General Psychology
  • Subject: PSYC&
  • Catalog #: 100
  • Credits: 5
  • Class Day: TTH
  • Start Time: 01:00 PM
  • End Time: 02:30 PM
  • Building: College Center (NS0CC)
  • Room: 3452
  • Section: H6
  • Class#: 26964
  • Course Title: Lifespan Psychology
  • Subject: PSYC&
  • Catalog #: 200
  • Credits: 5
  • Class Day: ARR
  • Start Time: ARR
  • End Time: ARR
  • Building: Online (NSONL)
  • Room:
  • Section: D2
  • Class#: 26987

Personal Statement

Winter 2024


1. Masks are optional, but encouraged

2. Make sure the college has your preferred email address; if you don't my roster defaults to your email. If you use that, great!.  But if you don't, you'll never hear from me. is where you can change your email address (warning: it's a process)

3.   Hybrid classes will be held in the classroom for a few days a week.  I intend to record them and provide a zoom link for live attendance from home but I'm not sure how well that will work out.  They will be recorded for people to watch later.  But the preference is for you to attend in person or at least online.  For those taking my fully online courses, obviously, we won't be meeting in person.  We will NOT use Canvas.  I'll contact you for how to access the materials in the course. 

4. Instead of Canvas, I use slack to coordinate our work together.  The biggest reason is that Canvas has several problems and it doesn't really help me or students work together. Instead, we use slack and google documents to do our work.  Those tools are literally designed for collaboration.

General background info

How to find Psych courses
When searching for psychology classes, be sure to search for both psych categories:  Regular "Psychology" and "Psychology CCN".  Yes, it's confusing but it is what it is. Here is a picture of what I mean...note the two psych with, and one without CCN:

screen capture of searching for psych classes













Textbook information:  Most textbooks will be opensource meaning that they are  free to download.

For general psychology  

For Abnormal Psychology:


For Lifespan Developmental Psychology


For Research Methods: 

  • Research Methods in Psychology, 4th edition
    Authors: Rajiv S. Jhangiani, I-Chant A. Chiang, Carrie Cuttler, and Dana C. Leighton
    Publication date:2020
    URL =
  • Note that there is also a required book for Research Methods that is not open source: 
    The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition | Edition: 4
    Author: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams
    ISBN: 9780226239736
    Publication Date: 10/28/2016


Please make sure the college has a usable email address

I will frequently contact you through your email address that you gave to the registrar when you registered for class. 


Regarding my courses, just a brief statement:

I teach the following courses at North Seattle:  General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Research Methods, Statistics, and Lifespan Psychology.

The courses offered in psychology can be found here: 

*You must check with NSC Advisors to confirm that these courses in fact transfer directly!

Note to those seeking advice on performing research while at North Seattle  College:

Go here:



How to contact instructors:

Students sometimes want to add a course but they don't yet have a prerequisite, or their official transcripts have not yet been evaluated by the college. This will prevent you from adding some psychology classes.

The best thing you can do is get your transcripts evaluated; once the school has established that you meet prereqs, you should be able to add easily.

However, sometimes this process takes too long and you may need to contact your instructor.  

You can find the email of your instructor in the course catalog found here:  --go to your class of interest and click on it, you should see the instructor’s name.  If you click on that, you’ll see their “instructor page” which should have their email address.

If there's no instructor named in the course catalog, often denoted by the name "staff”, you'll want to contact the program coordinator for the Department. If this is your situation, search for the Department here:  So, for example, type in sociology.  One of the returned links should take you to the departmental page and on that page you'll be able to see the program coordinator and their email.

If you are interested in adding a psychology class but for some reason need instruction permission or an add code, it will help your instructors if you provide the following information:

  • Your name as the College registration has it
  • Your North Seattle College student ID number
  • A nice simple salutation introducing yourself and a brief explanation for your email
  • A more detailed explanation of your needs.  It should also include which class you would like to add.
    • **important:  Include the course identification number, or at least the course title and the days and times of the week it meets. 
      • This information is useful because faculty will often teach several sections of the same title.  Being specific about the class will reduce confusion and time.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts, if possible
    • If your registration name is different from your transcripts, a brief explanation for the discrepancy is helpful.

I very rarely give out Add codes for English 101, so please take English 101 before trying to enroll into Psych 100.  If you have finished English 101 in the past 10 years, have your official transcripts sent to the registrar here on campus--once done, they will let you in.  



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