The mission of the Psychology Department is to promote curiosity and passion for the theory and practice of scientific psychology. Majors will become adept at using the methods necessary to design, conduct, and communicate high quality research in psychological science. Students may also choose to begin learning the interpersonal skills required for working in the mental health professions. Hence, majors will be thoroughly prepared to enter any of the field's graduate schools or related fields. In addition, the psychology program requires majors to develop the technological, information literacy, critical thinking, collaborative, and ethical skills that are essential for a lifetime of socially and morally responsible citizenship. Students will find psychology to be an excellent preparation for pursuing a wide variety of careers that require a basic understanding of human behavior.
Goal 1: Communication Skills
The Department aims to maintain and improve 1) a systematic developmental plan for achieving required writing proficiency standards; 2) required opportunities to practice and perfect oral skills that may lead to presentations in a professional context; 3) inclusion of multiple embedded and required course-related collaborative activities which are supported by sound preparation and developmental feedback; and 4) opportunities to improve interpersonal skills that are needed to work in the mental health professions.
Student Learning Outcomes for Goal 1
- Psychology majors graduate with an ability to write effectively and persuasively in the discourse of the discipline.
- Psychology majors graduate with an ability to speak effectively and persuasively in the discourse of the discipline.
- Psychology majors graduate with an ability to work in collaboration with others toward a common goal.
- Psychology majors on a clinical or counseling track graduate with training in the interpersonal skills that are required for work in mental health settings.
Goal 2: Professional Scholarship
The Department aims to maintain and improve the scholarship requirement of all majors as a performance obligation that integrates content and skill.
Student Learning Outcome for Goal 2
- Psychology majors graduate with the knowledge and skills to conduct a literature review, design a study, collect and analyze data, and communicate the results in written and oral form.
Goal 3: Psychologically Literate Citizenship
The Department aims to maintain and improve the psychological literacy of our students, which includes discipline knowledge, a scientific way of thinking, a contextual, historically-grounded foundation, and an ability to use psychological knowledge adaptively in an ethically and socially responsible manner.
Student Learning Outcomes for Goal 3
- Psychology majors graduate with a firm scientific foundation in the theory and practice of psychology.
- Psychology majors graduate with historically-grounded knowledge of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective breadth of psychology.
- Psychology majors graduate with the technological skills, information literacy skills, and critical thinking skills to be adept consumers of research.
- Psychology majors graduate with a knowledge of ethics, and an ability to solve problems in an ethically and socially responsible manner.
- Psychology majors graduate with an understanding of how they may apply their knowledge of psychology to potential career options.