University Goal #1: Our graduates can communicate effectively.
Psychology Program Goal #1: Our graduates communicate effectively with a variety of audiences as demonstrated by
- Production of a clearly written reflection paper linking personal experience to appropriate course content
- Produce a clearly written research paper based on original scholarship on a psychological topic
- Effective delivery of an oral presentation that is organized with an introduction and conclusion; is comprised of memorable and compelling language presented with materials and information that supports the presentation and helps establish the presenter as credible/authoritative on the topic.
University Goal #2: Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
Psychology Program Goal #2: Our graduates understand diversity of gender, race, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality in their own and other cultures and societies. This understanding is demonstrated by
- The use of course materials that examine ways in which varied cultural and social factors influence behavior and psychological health
- Critical analysis of related issues in a larger global perspective by comparing and contrasting Western interpretations of psychological concepts of those of other cultures
- Contributing to the growth and success of their communities by first studying diverse social systems and cultures within and beyond one’s own community
- Participating in student organizations, community service, community outreach projects, service learning or similar activities beyond the classroom
University Goal #3: Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
Psychology Program Goal #3: Our graduates use critical thinking to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and ideas from multiple perspectives including
- Planning and conducting a research project that includes collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and presentation
- Application of terminology, information literacy, and the application of scholarly and scientific principles
- Demonstration of appropriate quantitative skills including data organization, analysis, and interpretation for the purpose of analyzing and solving problems
University Goal #4: Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
Psychology Program Goal #4: Our graduates possess the skills to
- Determine which information is needed and search databases to obtain the needed information
- Evaluate the information and determine if it is peer-reviewed, derived from research or is opinion, and if the information was derived in an ethical manner
- Effectively use technology to analyze data (SPSS, Excel)
- Conduct literature searches using a variety of databases and compose a literature review in APA format
- The literature review reflects APA formatting that requires word processing skills including bolding, centering, and hanging indents
University Goal #5: Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful. Content knowledge is discipline and degree specific.
Psychology Program Goal #5: Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to be successful in their field, including synthesizing information from a variety of sources and using quantitative skills to analyze and interpret data as evidenced by
- Completion of a research project that requires and demonstrates planning, organization, data collection, interpretation, and presentation.
- Demonstrated familiarity with statistical analysis and data organization/ data analysis programs (SPSS, Excel)