Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission

The Department of Psychology promotes scientific and humanistic values in psychological research and application.  Psychology students learn the fundamentals of the discipline and develop open-minded skepticism through training in psychological theory, research, and application.  Curricular and co-curricular activities are designed to develop students’ personal, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and their ability to conscientiously apply what they have learned for the betterment of themselves, their society, and the global community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Theoretical reasoning: Students understand and can apply the major theoretical paradigms of modern psychology.
  • Methodological Proficiency: Students understand and utilize the major research designs and analytical procedures of modern psychology, and can incorporate appropriate technology into their research work.
  • Technology Competency: Our students must demonstrate a minimum proficiency for the technology important to our discipline. These include mastery of information gathering techniques, library searches, writing papers (using computer software) in APA format, and some data analysis techniques (such as Excel or SPSS software that is demonstrated in our Research Methods courses).
  • Oral and Writing Competency: Students can express their knowledge and understanding of psychology clearly orally and in writing.