Education & Social Sciences

Psychology - Student Learning Goals


General Knowledge of Psychology

Demonstrate knowledge in the six major areas of psychology: memory & thinking, sensory & physiology, developmental, clinical & abnormal, social, measurement & methodology.
  • Discuss psychological theories and research in the classroom
  • Integrate psychological perspectives to application in the world

Critical Thinking

Think, reason, and draw conclusions after weighing evidence.
  • Analyze effective conflict mediation strategies
  • Evaluate research
  • Diagnose cases of mental disorders
  • View social problems through multiple lenses

Research Measurement & Methodology

Conduct and present a research report demonstrating effective use of the scientific method.
  • Present research at regional and national research conferences and professional meetings


Participate in service activities that connect psychological concepts to community needs.
  • Participate in multiple service-learning projects in the community


Analyze the cultural systems that impact different human groups.
  • Participate in January Term courses to Hawaii, Jamaica, France
  • Participate and facilitate diversity workshops


Describe and follow the steps necessary for therapeutic listening.
  • Training in conflict mediation
  • Counseling support groups

Oral communication

Students completing the psychology major will demonstrate oral communication competence.
  • Oral presentations in 70% of psychology courses

Written communication

Students completing the psychology major will demonstrate written communication competence.
  • Written papers in 100% of psychology courses


Students will show entry level competence in professional skill areas such as: interviewing, listening, behavioral analysis, etc.
  • Practicum experience in a professional setting
  • Senior Portfolios include a vitae/resume and personal statement/cover letter or graduate school or job application