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Department of

Psychological Sciences

Learning Objectives

The Psychology program's learning outcomes are as follows:

 

Goal A: Content Knowledge—including providing students’ knowledge of the principles, findings, and theories related to human behavior.

By graduation students with a major in Psychological Sciences will be able to

1. define and critique the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as discuss how these are applied to solve individual and societal problems.

2. describe and explain the major psychological methods of inquiry and statistical analysis that allow for the accumulation of knowledge in the discipline.

3. recognize and describe the ways in which diversity influences psychological processes.

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Goal B: Skills in the Discipline—application of critical analysis, research methods, and statistical procedures in research investigating original hypotheses.

By graduation students with a major in Psychological Sciences will be able to

4. design studies using either experimental and nonexperimental research methods, including critical analysis of existing literature and the application of both descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.

5. demonstrate written communication skills, especially the ability to write in APA (American Psychological Association) style.