Psychology Program


Program Mission Statement

A liberal arts education in general and the study of psychology in particular form the core of a preparation for lifelong learning.  It follows, then, that an important part of the college student’s education should be the development of a disciplined curiosity about the world.  This disciplined curiosity should equip the student for informed citizenship with an appreciation of basic human values, an understanding of essential scientific knowledge about how the world works, and a sharpened sensitivity to human diversity.  Instruction in psychology should be consistent with these general goals.

Program Objectives

The objectives listed below were developed from the broader goals listed by the APA.  The psychology program objectives are:

1.0  Knowledge base

Students will:

1.01          develop a conceptual framework that embraces relevant facts, concepts, and current knowledge concerning the field of psychology.

1.02          develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and evolution of the psychological discipline.

2.0  Thinking Skills

Students will:

2.01          develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

2.02          show evidence of the development of amiable skepticism related to research and theories

3.0  Language skills

Students will:

3.01          become familiar with and be able to comprehend the language of psychology and will develop the ability to express psychological knowledge in writing.

4.0  Information-gathering and synthesis skills

Students will:

4.01          develop the ability to gather and use psychological information and resources

5.0  Research methods and statistical skills

Students will:

5.01          develop an understanding and use of research and statistical methodology, including the potentials and limitations of each.

6.0  Interpersonal skills

Students will:

6.01          develop an increased awareness and understanding of interpersonal and interpersonal skills, including human diversity, and similarity, in relation to self and others.

7.0  Ethics and values

Students will:

7.01          develop an increased awareness of and ability to apply ethical principles of psychology.

C. Program Uniqueness

An undergraduate major or minor in psychology is considered an excellent background preparation for careers outside the specific field of psychology, such as communication, human resources development, allied health, and/or other areas of helping relationships.  An undergraduate major in psychology is not the terminal degree in the field and does not in itself prepare an individual for a career as a psychologist.  Further, graduate study is needed in addition to the undergraduate degree in psychology to pursue licensure as a psychologist or as a professional counselor.

An assessment of the goals and needs of students within the program in past years has shown an increasing interest in the research area.  As a response to this expressed interest, students are now able to choose between a capstone course which emphasizes learning skills needed for work in a mental health-related field or a field which emphasizes increased development of research-related skills.  Students who choose the research-related emphasis are involved in projects in coordination with faculty as well as the analysis and evaluation of published journal articles.

Courses in psychology are required of other degree programs including:  Criminal Justice and Teacher Education (elementary and secondary).  There is some apparent overlap regarding general subject matter with other programs (such as Nursing and General Studies); however, the program does not offer exact duplications.  It is the psychosocial component that is systematically delineated and which gives courses with a Psychology prefix their uniqueness.