Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Student graduating with a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology will demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

  1. Content of Psychology: to show familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. In particular, students should understand that:
    1. Psychology is a science. Its purpose is to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior.
    2. Behavior is influenced by person variables, environment variables, and their interaction. B = f(P + E + PE).
    3. Psychology has evolved in a socio-historical context and it is characterized by a variety of theoretical perspectives.
    4. Our experience of the world is highly subjective and influenced by our cultural heritage.
  2. Research in Psychology: to understand and use basic research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Application of Psychology: to understand and generate applications of psychology to individual, social, and organizational issues.
  4. Ethics in Psychology: to understand and abide by the ethics of psychology, including those that encourage the recognition, understanding, and respect for the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.
  5. Personal Development, Relationship Building, and Career Planning: to understand themselves and others, acquire effective collaboration skills, and develop realistic ideas about how to pursue careers in psychology and related fields.
  6. Communication Skills, Information Competence, and Technological Proficiency: to write and speak effectively, demonstrate information competence, and utilize technology for many purposes.
  7. Critical and Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: to use critical and creative thinking in the scientific approach to problem solving.