Psychology Department

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will be able to

1.Explain and distinguish major theoretical approaches in at least three areas of psychology.

2.Describe and explain a broad knowledge of theory and research in one area of psychology.

3.Identify multiple bases for individual differences in behavior, including those related to gender, ethnicity, and culture.

4.Describe themselves and others as psychological, social, biological beings.

5.Describe and explain the strengths of the scientific approach to understanding behavior.

6.Describe, discuss, and compare typical research methodologies employed by psychologists.

7.Under supervised direction, collect, analyze, and report data.

8.Formulate testable hypotheses.

9.Read, interpret, and evaluate empirical investigations in psychology.

10.Distinguish the data analysis techniques appropriate for addressing different questions and hypotheses.

11.Apply and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

12.Work with colleagues to design, carry out, and analyze research projects and class assignments.

13.Write a coherent literature review of a topic drawn from an area of psychology.

14.Identify and apply the skills and attitudes of critical thinking and sound decision-making.

15.Search relevant databases to obtain information about psychological topics.

16.Routinely use the computer and electronic technologies needed for psychological studies.

17.Write and/or speak clearly and effectively.

18.Describe the role of cultural, ethnic, racial, and other types of diversity in human thought, feeling, and action.

19.Discuss the ways in which psychological test information is used in our society.

20.Apply APA guidelines for the ethical treatment of human and non-human research participants to the various phases of psychological research (e.g., data collection, data analysis, reporting of research findings).

Students who graduate with a Master of Arts in Psychology will have

1.Acquired knowledge in a broad range of psychological topics through work in proseminars.

2.Acquired content knowledge in specific areas of psychology in order to synthesize primary literature for thesis research.

3.Broadened their knowledge in disciplines that are related to, or supportive of, thesis research.

4.Developed a feasible research proposal.

5.Demonstrated an ability to conduct independent research.

6.Applied the scientific method to the design and implementation of a formal thesis research project.

7.Analyzed experimental or correlational data by the application of quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate.

8.Demonstrated knowledge of, and adherence to, the standards of ethical treatment of humans and animals as outlined by the APA and the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

9.Presented scientific content in graduate seminars and lectures, at a level commensurate with standards of academic discourse.

10.Organized and written the results of original research consistent with standards in primary, peer-reviewed psychological literature.

11.Presented and defended their thesis in a clear and thoughtful manner.

12.Been able to respond appropriately to questions about, and criticisms of, their research designs.

Fall 2008