Department/Program Learning Goals

Upon graduation, a student will demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  1. Major-Specific Areas of Knowledge
    Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Develop insight into self and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  2. Accessing Academic Community/Resources
    Demonstrate information competence and ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  3. Communication
    Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  4. Critical Thinking
    Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  5. Quantitative Skills
    Analyze data quantitatively.
  6. Research Experience
    Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  7. After College
    Emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement his or her psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
  8. Citizenship
    Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.