Psychology (BA)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Application of Psychology
Students will understand the application of psychological principles.

  • Students will accurately answer questions on an objective test to demonstrate their knowledge of major applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, health).
  • Students will identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems and articulate how psychological principles can be applied in various contexts.

Critical Thinking and Research Methods in Psychology
Students will use critical thinking in learning important psychological concepts and ideas, and they will understand basic research methods in psychology, including basic research design and statistics.

  • Students will accurately answer questions on objective tests to demonstrate knowledge of basic research methods and data analytic techniques used by psychologists.
  • Students will accurately answer questions on objective tests to demonstrate knowledge of the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research.
  • Students will critically evaluate and analyze psychological concepts and ideas.
  • Students will critically evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research.

Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

  • Students will accurately answer questions on objective tests to demonstrate their knowledge of the major concepts and theories of the discipline.
  • Students will accurately answer questions on objective tests to demonstrate their knowledge of the major sub-disciplines of and perspectives within psychology.
  • Students will accurately answer questions on objective tests to demonstrate their knowledge of the philosophical and empirical antecedents of modern psychology and the contemporary systems that emerge from these antecedents.