The Department of Psychology puts forward the following four broad goals with corresponding student learning outcomes:
Students should be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge and understanding of major concepts, theoretical approaches, historical events, and major research. They should be able to engage in discussions about how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
1.1 Students describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
1.2 Students develop a working knowledge of psychology content’s domain
1.3 Students can describe practical applications in psychology
Students should develop skills in scientific reasoning and problem solving including using relevant and effective research methods. Students will study research and apply research principles in interpretive human behavior.
2.1 Students use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
2.2 Students interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research
2.3 Students conduct statistical and other data analysis
Students will develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a diverse world. Students will learn principles that govern professional ethics in psychology and act responsively in working with diverse groups of individuals.
3.1 Students demonstrate basic knowledge of the ethical practice and basic skills in ethical
3.2 Students integrate ethical standards into their own research endeavors and practice
Students learn how to apply psychology-specific content and skills. Students apply major psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
4.1 Students apply psychological content and skills to career goals
4.2 Students demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of test construction and psychometrics
4.3 Students demonstrate skills in administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests
4.4 Students demonstrate knowledge and skills in assessment and diagnosis