Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes

The Psychology Program uses the following Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes, which are are based on those suggested from the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs (APA, 2002).

Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology The first three educational goals represent activities that have been identified by the American Psychological Association provide gold standards of psychology education. Psychology faculty is responsible for the development and assessment of these areas within coursework or advising.

Goal 1 - Theory and Content of Psychology

Goal 2 - Research Methods in Psychology

Goal 3 - Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology


Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology – The last three goals include activities that usually are part of a liberal arts education. Responsibility for student development in these areas and assessment of student achievement tends to be shared across a broader range of disciplines than just psychology; however, psychology coursework can contribute to and expand upon these general education goals in significant ways. In turn, well-developed liberal arts skills can contribute to student achievement within the psychology major.

Goal 4 - Information and Technological Literacy

Goal 5 - Communication Skills

Goal 6 - Career Planning and Development


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