The B.S. degree in psychology is a program for students interested in a wide range of psychology professions. For those students interested in pursuing a career immediately after graduation they will gain a wealth of experiences in the applied aspects of psychology that will easily transfer well to various professions. Also, those interested in obtaining advance degrees will have a strong theoretical foundation for the fields of psychology, law, business, medicine and a wide range of other graduate degrees.
Program Outcome Goals
A graduate of the psychology major will be able to:
- Understand a full spectrum of general theoretical approaches to psychology
- Understand that psychology sub-disciplines are interrelated
- Be able to relate theory to real world situations
- Understand basic topics of research methodology
- Understand the statistical tools appropriate to single variable and two variable analyses
- Demonstrate competence in communication (written, verbal, numeric and graphic)
- Demonstrate competence in critical/analytic thinking
- Demonstrate the ability to apply psychological theory and/or research methodology
- Demonstrate capacity to work collaboratively to solve problems
- Demonstrate appreciation of historical/philosophical context of psychology
- Understand that normative human behavior and experience is diverse and multidimensional
- Demonstrate a commitment to the ethical foundations / ethical principles of psychology
Clinical/Personality. The Clinical/Personality specialization explores the relationship between typical personality development and atypical processes leading to mental illness. It involves the study of the science and practice of providing assessment and treatment services at individual, family or community levels to people with or at risk for mental illness. A background in this specialization is relevant for students who have career interests in fields related to human mental health and wellbeing, such as psychologists, social workers, or marriage and family therapists. It is also relevant for students interested in careers that apply knowledge of the causes, diagnoses, progression, treatment and public policy implications of mental disorders (e.g., in community agencies or research settings).
Cognitive/Neuroscience. The Cognition and Neuroscience specialization’s underlying philosophy is that there is a strong need for an interface of cognition, biology, and evolutionary theory. The specialization explores areas such as learning and memory, sensation and perception, decision-making, neuropsychology, memory, and the evolutionary basis and the adaptive significance of behavior.
Developmental/Educational. The Developmental/Educational specialization focuses on the development of children, adolescents, and adults. This area is relevant for students with interests in human development in applied settings (e.g., schools and community agencies).
Social/Applied. Focusing on the relationship between the individual and the social environment, the Social/Applied specialization examines the impact of individuals, organizations and culture on thought and behavior. It is well-suited for those who are interested in the issue of how broader social forces affect themselves and others.
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