The School of Psychological Science has identified the following Learning Objectives for the BA/BS program in Psychology:
- Learning Objective 1: Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology
- Learning Objective 2: Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design and interpretation.
||Explain at least two different research methods used by psychologists|
||Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research|
|2.3||Identify or generate an empirically testable psychological question|
|2.4||Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions|
|2.5||Follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human and/nonhuman participants in the collection and reporting of psychological research|
|2.6||Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of a particular research paradigm employe|
- Learning Objective 3: Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific method to solve problems and answer questions related to behavior and mental processes.
- Learning Objective 4: Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
|4.1||Describe major applied areas of Psychology (e.g., Clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, health, sports, etc. )|
|4.2||Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public discourse.|
|4.3||Apply research concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life.|
|4.4||Recognize that ethically complex situations can develop in the application of psychological principles to a real life setting.|
- Learning Objective 5: Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that define psychology as a science. Specifically,
|5.1||Recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology|
|5.2||Demonstrate reasonable skepticism and intellectual curiosity of asking questions about causal statements.|
|5.3||Actively seek and critically evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims|
|5.4||Recognize and respect human diversity and understand that psychological explanations may apply only to specific populations and contexts.|
|5.5||Understand the limitations of their own psychological knowledge and skills|