Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology will demonstrate the following:

Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, & terms)

  • Articulate knowledge of the history, science and systems of psychology
  • Explain the major historical theories of psychology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society.
  • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology and an understanding of human behavior.
  • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology and how it relates to professional practice.

Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective & analytical)

  • Think critically about psychological constructs, theories and research methodology through the use of comparison and contrast, problem solving and the integration of evidence from diverse contexts (research, professional practice and daily living) and worldviews (religious, ethnic, cultural).
  • Use psychology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding psychological phenomenon
  • Differentiate the science of psychology from pseudoscience/anecdote
  • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)

Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills

  • Construct thorough literature reviews using APA style and applying fundamental strategies such as thesis development, revision, and correct grammar and syntax.
  • Display and communicate quantitative data clearly and concisely using basic statistics, graphs and tables.
  • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings appropriate to diverse audiences, integrating visual elements and professional demeanor
  • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and demonstrating respect for diverse views
  • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for obtaining needed information. Evaluate the reliability, validity, quality, timeliness, potential biases, and overall credibility of these sources

Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity

  • Understand and demonstrate academic integrity, including honor code requirements within university, community and professional settings
  • Apply ethical standards of the profession of psychology to research and practice
  • Understand the Christian worldview and apply Biblical values and moral/ethical principles to research and practice
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to issues of social diversity and exhibit respect for socially diverse groups

Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Adapt to new workplace environments and changing professional needs
  • Develop leadership and self-management skills to work effectively in a variety of social and group contexts
  • Respond appropriately to feedback from supervisors and team members
  • Apply academic knowledge to a variety of work and social contexts to enhance interactions and performance