The American Psychological Association has identified 10 goals for Psychology majors. These goals, which are specified in the 2006 APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, address two primary areas: Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology and Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology. The Department of Psychology has identified eight goals for students in our Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. These are aligned with the goals of the APA. Our objectives are as follows:
1: Students will be able to select and critically evaluate existing literature in a given topic area of psychology.
2: Students will demonstrate mastery of APA technical report writing.
3: Students will demonstrate the ability to generate a scientific hypothesis in a given area of psychology.
4: Students will be able to apply appropriate statistical techniques for a given research design.
5: Students will demonstrate the rudimentary skills to design and implement research to test scientific hypotheses.
6: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply valid conclusions based on topic area, hypothesis, review of literature, and study outcomes.
7: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major historical schools of thought and approaches in psychology.
8: Students will be prepared for careers related to psychology or graduate studies.
The Psychology Department has developed a curriculum map that aligns these learning outcomes with required courses in the program that introduce, reinforce, and show mastery of the outcomes as a student progresses towards graduation. On a regular basis, we evaluate our success in helping students meet these goals.
The curriculum maps, showing these alignments, are below.
Roadmaps for the major help students plan when to take required courses.