Psychology (BA/BS)

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

1. Knowledge Base of Psychology – Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings and how psychological principles apply to behavioral and mental processes.

  • 1.1 Students will identify and differentiate among the theoretical and empirical antecedents of modern psychology and the contemporary systems that emerge from these antecedents.
  • 1.2 Students will identify and differentiate among major concepts and theories within the discipline.
  • 1.3 Students will identify and differentiate among major sub-disciplines and perspectives within psychology (e.g., developmental, cognitive, biopsychology, experimental).

2. Critical Thinking and Research Methods in Psychology - Students will develop the skills necessary to critically examine psychological concepts and ideas, and they will demonstrate an understanding of how research methods and writing conventions in psychology (including basic research design and statistics and APA style) support this goal.

  • 2.1 Students will identify appropriate basic research methods and data analytic techniques that are used by psychologists. This knowledge will help them become more astute, critical consumers of information they receive from various sources, including empirical literature and popular/commercial media.
  • 2.2 Students will appropriately interpret, evaluate, and communicate psychological research.
  • 2.3 Students will appropriately evaluate and communicate (using key elements of APA Style) psychological concepts and ideas.
  • 2.4 Students will identify appropriate applications and violations 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.

3. Application of Psychology - Students will develop skills for applying psychological principles and methods of scientific inquiry to real-world issues and problems.

  • 3.1 Students will identify and differentiate among the major applied areas of psychology (e.g., Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, and Experimental Psychology).
  • 3.2 Students will identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems and articulate how psychological principles can be applied in various contexts.