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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent With the Science and Application of Psychology

  1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
    Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology
    Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
    Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology
    Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Values in Psychology
    Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education That Are Further Developed in Psychology

  1. Information and Technological Literacy
    Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  2. Communication Skills
    Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  3. Sociocultural and International Awareness
    Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  4. Personal Development
    Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  5. Career Planning and Development
    Students will emerge from the Psychology major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Excerpted from APA Report Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes