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Objectives and Outcomes

Psychology, B.S. (PSCBS)

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology

  1. Theory and Content of Psychology — students should show familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology — students should understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — students should respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Applications of Psychology — students should understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Values in Psychology — students should be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology

  1. Information and Technological Literacy — students should demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  2. Communication Skills — students should be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  3. Sociocultural and International Awareness — students should recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  4. Personal Development — students should develop insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  5. Career Planning and Development — students should emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Note: The above objectives and outcomes are from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes.


For more information:

Brad Pinter

Dr. Brad Pinter

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Office: C128A Smith Building
Phone: 814-949-5507
Email: @psu.edu
Twitter: @AltoonaPsych

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