Program Learning Objectives

Modeled after the American Psychological Association's (APA) guidelines for undergraduate training, our individual courses and the overall program curriculum are designed to prepare you as a well-rounded scholar with marketable, professional skills.  Students who successfully complete their coursework and engage in experiential learning will be able to:

1. Knowledge base in psychology

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domains
  • Describe applications of psychology

2. Scientific inquiry and critical thinking

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate psychology infomation literacy
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
  • Understand sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

3. Ethics

  • Understand and follow ethical practices in academic study and scientific research
  • Understand the concepts and practice of ethical prinicples in a broad range of professional contexts
  • Understand the role of academic, professional, and personal integrity in maintaining a healthy community

4. Multiculturism and diversity

  • Understand the socio-cultural influences on human development and behavior
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of one's own worldview, values, and biases and their influence on one's approach to psychology science and practice
  • Exhibit the ability to work respectfully and constructively with individuals of different backgrounds, values, and experiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate muliticultural concepts into psychology research, theory, practice, and service to others

5. Communication

  • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
  • Interact effectively with others

6. Professional development

  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
  • Refine project management skills
  • Enhance teamwork capacity
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation