Student Learning Objectives

Curricular and co-curricular activities are consistent with the departmental mission and goals and reflect student learning outcomes outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The student learning outcomes adopted from the APA are listed below:


Learning Outcome 1: Theory and Content of Psychology

•Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends  in psychology.

Learning Outcome 2: Research Methods in Psychology

•Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

 Learning Outcome 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology

 •Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Learning Outcome 4: Application of Psychology

•Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

 Learning Outcome 5: Values in Psychology

•Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Learning Outcome 6: Information and Technological Literacy

•Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

 Learning Outcome 7: Communication Skills

•Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

 Learning Outcome 8: Socio-cultural and International Awareness 

•Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

 Learning Outcome 9: Personal Development

•Students will develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Learning Outcome 10: Career Planning and Development

•Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.