Psychology Department

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Degree Program in Psychology

The degree program in psychology provides specialized study in psychology within the context of the broader goals of a liberal arts education. The psychology program promotes an understanding of behavior, provides an understanding of the foundations of psychology as a scientific discipline, integrates the influence of psychology on contemporary thought, and promotes skills in scientific research. An undergraduate degree in psychology prepares students for entry into graduate and professional schools and prepares students for entry-level positions in the helping professions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students receiving a B.S. or B.A. in Psychology will have the following:

  • A basic understanding of the core branches of psychology, which include – learning; development; cognitive; sensation and perception; emotion; motivation; biological bases of behavior; abnormal behavior; and evolution of behavior.
  • The ability to read and discuss primary research in psychology.
  • The ability to design and carry out a research project.
  • Developed skills in scientific writing.
  • The ability to prepare a professional presentation of research.
  • The ability to understand and evaluate research models and statistics.
  • General computer literacy
  • Knowledge in selected specialized areas of the discipline.