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Psychology

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Psychology aims for its undergraduates to achieve the 10 global outcomes recommended by the Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies (2002), which conducted its work under a mandate by the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association.

  • Knowledge Base of Psychology
    Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Research Methods in Psychology
    Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
    Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Application of Psychology
    Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Values in Psychology
    Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Information and Technological Literacy
    Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  • Communication Skills
    Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Sociocultural and International Awareness
    Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Personal Development
    Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Career Planning and Development
    Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
Graduate Programs

Learning outcomes for the doctoral programs in the Department of Psychology are described below.

  • Knowledge Base in Content Area
    Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in one of the substantive areas of psychology.
  • Research Methods in Psychology
    Students will develop strong research skills that will enable them to contribute original and independent insights to the existing psychological literature.
  • Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
    Students will develop the ability to critically analyze the body of scholarship comprising psychological science.
  • Values in Psychology
    Students will behave in a manner that reflects appropriate professional values and ethical standards.
  • Communication Skills
    Students will develop excellent written and oral communication skills.
    (5.1) Teaching Skills
    Students will develop strong teaching skills that will enable them to
    (a) effectively convey the content knowledge of psychology to audiences with diverse backgrounds, such as undergraduates and community members
    (b) showcase the value and necessity of critical thinking for advancing psychological theory and for finding viable solutions to complex real-world problems of a psychological nature and otherwise
    (c) showcase the value and necessity of integrative thinking (i.e., finding the commonalities in seemingly disparate ideas) for advancing psychological theory and for finding viable solutions to complex real-world problems of a psychological nature and otherwise.
  • Development of Clinical Competencies
    In addition to the outcomes listed above, students enrolled in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be expected to demonstrate development of the following competencies.
    (6.1) Clinical Skills
    Students in the clinical program will demonstrate the ability to engage in competent, reflective clinical practice including the ability to provide ethical and competent assessment, intervention, and consultation within diverse populations, settings, and agencies.
    (6.2) Knowledge Base in Mental Health Systems
    Students in the clinical program will demonstrate knowledge regarding management and/or administration in mental health services, health organizations, agencies, programs, and research grants.
    (6.3) Professional Practice
    Students completing the clinical program will develop the ability to understand and apply competencies that cut across professional psychology practice domains: ethics, interprofessional collaboration, individual and cultural differences, and self-awareness and reflectivity.
    (6.4) Supervisory Skills
    Students completing the clinical program will give evidence of an emerging competency in supervision related to the practice of psychology.


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