Learning Goals & Outcomes
The psychology department's Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psycho log ical Association, which "recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students' growth and development,"(APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000-4000-level).
1. Knowledge and Critical Engagement in Psychology: Students will understand and can apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and social), empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as the APA Code of Ethics.
2. Research Methods in Psychology: Students will be able to engage in research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
3. Information and Technological Literacy: Students will be proficient in the use of information and technology for many purposes relevant to the field of Psychology.
4. Communication Skills: Students will be proficient in written and oral communication in a variety of formats for educational and professional purposes.
5. Personal and Professional Development: Students will understand the links between personal and professional values, knowledge and skills, and academic and career goals.