Psychology Learning Outcomes

1) the capacity to think deeply, critically, logically, complexly, and ethically

2) the ability to evaluate claims to truth and to make educated, defensible judgments

under conditions of uncertainty and complexity

3) the capacity to use information resources and to learn new information independently

4) the ability to express one’s thoughts in writing and speech

5) to give students an understanding of the basic ideas which the field of psychology has contributed to general intellectual discourse, and which are part of the conceptual

repertoire of a well-educated person

6) to give students, especially majors, a basic understanding of the current state of

knowledge in the field

7. to give students, especially majors, an understanding of the scientific character of

contemporary psychology, the various methods of psychological inquiry, and the

experience of creating psychological knowledge through the application of those


8) to prepare a portion of our students for graduate study in psychology, both in

academically-oriented fields and in applied professions

9) to help students reach a deeper understanding of themselves and other people -- i.e.,

the part of the world that psychology studies -- including an understanding of the role

of culture and the ways in which cultural differences shape people's behavior,

experience and relationships