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Student Learning Objectives Psychology

Bachelor of Arts 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and research in the cognitive, social, physiological, and clinical bases of behavior.
  • Formulate testable research hypotheses, link them to an appropriate theoretical context, design studies to test those hypotheses, and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Define a personal problem in need of change, describe what needs to be changed, and create an action plan based on psychological principles for changing behavior.
  • Demonstrate understanding of APA ethical guidelines in the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting of research.
  • Demonstrate competence in information literacy, advanced writing, and oral discourse in psychology.  
    a) Search for, identify, and distinguish among sources of information relevant to psychology.   
    b) Use APA style to express concepts and methods in the psychological sciences. 
    c) Clearly communicate and defend psychological ideas to others. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how theories and research in psychology are informed by diverse perspectives and inform perspectives on diversity in society.
  • Students should emerge from the major well-prepared for graduate study in psychology or related fields, and with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
    a) Top students should be able to gain admittance to select master’s and doctoral programs and possess the foundational skills necessary to succeed.
    b) Students should be able to relate the knowledge and skills acquired in the major to occupational pursuits in a variety of occupations (e.g., business, mental health, management, community services, marketing, education, law, and public health).

Master of Arts MA (Industrial & Organizational Psych)

  • Demonstrate expert knowledge and understanding of theory and research in their specific area of specialization.
  • Be prepared to
    (a) function professionally as an applied researcher consultant in private or public section organizations or
    (b) gain entry into a Ph.D. program.

Ph.D.

  • Demonstrate expert knowledge and understanding of theory and research in their specific area of specialization in psychology.
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing the validity of empirical research and critiquing the conclusions of research studies relevant to psychology and their specific area of specialization.
  • Design and carry out research that addresses theoretical/applied issues and that contributes to the knowledge in the field.
    a)  Identify critical research questions/issues in need of investigation.
    b)  Independently design and conduct studies to test hypotheses or research questions using different methodologies.
    c) Advance knowledge in the field by disseminating findings through appropriate professional outlets (peer-reviewed publications, books and chapters and presentations at professional meetings).
  • Have developed the skills necessary to conduct research and practice their profession in an ethically and professionally appropriate manner
    a) Function professionally as a professor, researcher, clinician, or practicing psychologist in a variety of settings (e.g., college, university, private or public section organization, private practice). 
    b) Students in the clinical psychology specialization will meet the requirements for state licensure.