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Undergraduate Program: Learning Goals

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In 2007, The American Psychological Association published the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (http://www.apa.org/ed/resources.html). The following Undergraduate Learning Goals were designed with these guidelines in mind, but also with the intent of keeping the goals specific to Psychology, and ensuring they reflect the Mission and strengths of the Department of Psychology and its undergraduate program. Only minor modifications from the APA goals were made; much is verbatim.

  • GOAL 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology
    • Students should be familiar with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology, as reflected in our required Psychology curriculum.
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Scores on Undergraduate Assessment Test items reflecting knowledge acquired in PSYC 201, 203, 204, 206, and 208.
      • 2. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • GOAL 2: Methodological and Statistical Skills
    • Students should understand and apply basic research methods in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Scores on Undergraduate Assessment Test items reflecting knowledge acquired in PSYC 220 and 221.
      • 2. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • GOAL 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
    • Students should respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Scores on Undergraduate Assessment Test critical thinking items
      • 2. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • GOAL 4: Application of Psychology
    • Students should understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Scores on relevant Undergraduate Assessment Test items
      • 2. Supervisor evaluations from Field Study
      • 3. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • GOAL 5: Information and Technology Skills Specific to Psychology
    • Students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for uses specific to Psychology.
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • GOAL 6: Communication Skills Specific to Psychology
    • Students should communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Goal 6a: Written communication
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Grades on Senior Assignment Paper
      • 2. Scores on Undergraduate Assessment Test writing items
      • 3. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
  • Goal 6b: Oral communication
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Ratings on selected items from Senior Assignment Poster Evaluation
      • 2. Ratings on relevant items from Survey of Baccalaureate Graduates
  • GOAL 7: Psychology-Related Career Planning and Development
    • Performance Indicators
      • 1. Score on Undergraduate Assessment Test items from PSYC 200
      • 2. Ratings on relevant items from Survey of Baccalaureate Graduates
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