How do humans develop cognitively, emotionally, socially and morally from infancy to the end stages of life?
Developmental psychology is the scientific study of change and stability in humans across the life span. Students studying developmental psychology at Emmanuel learn about physical development, cognitive development and social development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older adulthood. Students will also learn how to apply this knowledge to help people of all ages live to their full potential.
View the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.
Take two of the three developmental age period classes listed below:
Take one of the applied development classes listed below:
At least one elective from the following:
Senior capstone experience (two semesters):
The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological 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).
To further articulate how each goal is addressed within the Psychology program course structure, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are articulated for each course that is part of the major and minor. Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a framework for distinguishing the level of skill or knowledge expected within the given course. These levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. The student learning outcomes reflect both the Psychology program goals and the level of learning expected for each goal. The departmental goals and course-specific student learning outcomes are included in all course syllabi.