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 should have an overview of the discipline of the psychological science.
- Students should understand the basic statistics that are used to analyze psychological data.
- Students should understand the methods of inquiry used in psychological science.
- Students should be able to present their knowledge to relevant parties through clear written and verbal communication.
- Students should have in-depth understanding of the research in the major topics of study in psychological science.
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.