Psychology Student Learning Outcomes

These goals were adopted by the psychology department in the Spring of 2014 and are those recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA) in their APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0, August 2013 publication.

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology

Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

Goal 4: Communication

Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 5: Professional Development

The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

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