Purpose and Focus
The Department of Psychology undergraduate curriculum provides a broad and balanced treatment of psychology. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have received upper-division instruction in at least five of the many sub areas of psychology. Thus, they will have knowledge of the diversity of ideas and activities that constitute the field. This curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both those students seeking a liberal arts undergraduate degree and those intending to enter advanced training in psychology, education, medicine, or related fields.
Degree Objectives/Learning Outcomes
The Psychology degree objectives are:
- Students will demonstrate broad knowledge of the major theories and findings from the various sub-disciplines of psychological science.
- Students will be able to conduct and interpret the types of statistical analyses used in psychological research.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the methods of psychological research by proposing research studies and critiquing methods that are used in psychological research studies.
- Students will present their knowledge of psychological theory, statistical analyses, and research methods through clear written (APA-style research paper) and verbal (oral presentation) communication.
- Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the research theories and findings in the foundation areas of study in psychological science (e.g., Physiological, Perception, Cognition, Development, Abnormal, and Social).
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Students are strongly encouraged to complete and as early as possible. will provide students a broad overview of the field of psychology, and will explain to students what they will learn as a psychology major, including possible career opportunities in psychology. In addition to these two courses, students are strongly encouraged to take and early because these courses provide a foundation for understanding psychological research and serve as prerequisites for many other courses in the major. Students wishing to pursue graduate training in psychology are encouraged to obtain research experiences by working in a faculty member’s research laboratory (e.g., , , and ). For academic advising, students should contact the College of Liberal Arts Wilson Advising Center. Majors should consult a faculty advisor in the department for career advising and for more specialized academic advising.