Department Learning Goals

Educational Objectives in the Psychology Major

The 21st Century world features themes of limited resources, rapid technological changes, and an increasingly cosmopolitan social environment.  Rather than attempting to assimilate encyclopedic knowledge, applicable at best to only a narrow range of circumstances, students need to cultivate habits of lifelong learning in response to the world’s changing demands and goals.  In psychology, these habits include the development of disciplinary competence as reflected in the acquisition, interpretation, expression, and application of scientific knowledge and skills. 

Our Community Values:

  • We value the richness and diversity of the human experience, recognizing the imperative to include individuals from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, identities, and heritages to create the most productive learning environment.
  • We value a scholarly environment that fosters collaboration among colleagues and between faculty and students.
  • We value investing time, energy, and resources to support students’ future career goals.
  • We value both basic and applied forms of research.
  • We value deep appreciation for the ethical treatment of human participants and non-human subjects.
  • We value making research data and resources more transparent, reproducible, and accessible, when appropriate and/or possible.

Our Departmental Learning Goals:

  • Disciplinary Content
    • Acquire and use multiple perspectives to understand mental processes and human and non-human behavior at various levels of analysis
  • Disciplinary Methods
    • Understand and utilize the scientific method to understand mental processes and behavior
      • Generate research questions, develop research designs, and formulate research hypotheses
      • Acquire and organize data
      • Analyze and interpret data numerically and graphically
    • Display adequate mastery of the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for scholarly research, writing, and presentation
    • Understand and apply the standards for the ethical treatment of human participants and non-human subjects in research
  • Cognitive Skills
    • Demonstrate information literacy through the ability to deduce, synthesize, quantify, and evaluate content
    • Apply content to novel questions and settings
    • Develop original arguments based on information consumed
  • Communication Skills
    • Effectively absorb, listen, and receive psychological content and arguments from others, such as researchers, lay persons, and research participants
    • Effectively communicate psychological content and arguments
      • Convey information to scientific and lay audiences
      • Employ digital media and other technologies as appropriate and useful
      • Express oneself through multiple modalities (e.g., visual, oral, written)
      • Uphold academic honesty and ethical compliance with copyright laws