Competences & Learning Outcomes for the Psychology Major

1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Graduates understand the major concepts, key terminology, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology (K).

2. Research Methods in Psychology
Graduates implement basic qualitative and quantitative research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Graduates also grasp research ethics and act ethically in their research (K).

3. Effective Communication Skills and technological literacy

Graduates communicate effectively in a variety of formats, including oral and written. Graduates also demonstrate information competence and use appropriate technology for many purposes (C).

4. Informed, Critical, and Creative Thinking Skills in Psychology

Graduates employ critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible and appropriate, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes (CT).

5. Personal Development

Graduates develop insight into and evaluate their own and others’ behavior and mental processes. Graduates also use effective strategies for personal development and self-growth (G/R; A).

6. Socio-cultural awareness and social responsibility

Graduates understand the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity. Graduates respect such diversity as they apply psychological principles when exploring social, organizational, and community problems (G/R).

7. Career Planning and Development

Graduates formulate realistic plans about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings (G/R).