As a department, we have clearly identified the following learning objectives which we attempt to achieve through the sum total of our courses. Specific course syllabi reflect these learning objectives and assess student proficiency through papers, projects, and examinations.
Goal 1: Theory and Content of Psychology.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Goal 2: Research Methods in Psychology.
Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Goal 3: Critical Thinking and Communication 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.
Goal 4: Application of Psychology.
Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Goal 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.
Goal 6: Information and Technological Literacy.
Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.