The Mission of the Department of Psychology is to provide a comprehensive undergraduate education in Psychology to its majors, expose interested non-majors to the discipline of psychology, and offer courses that support the College Core Curriculum (CCC) program, and programs in other majors. Students are required to sample from a variety of core courses that span the discipline of psychology and to acquire a firm foundation in research methods and data analysis. Qualified students are able to apply their content knowledge, research and clinical skills through internship and independent study.
Student Learning Outcomes
The psychology department has selected a subset of intended student learning outcomes from the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major (2007). The learning outcomes are tied to each required course in the major (click here for PDF of curriculum map). The department's five intended student learning outcomes are:
1. Majors will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
2. Majors will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
3. Majors will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and technology.
4. Majors will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
5. Students will engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, use the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.