The Psychology program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the science of Psychology.
Psychology majors will acquire the ability to apply the scientific method to study behavior and mental processes through learning how to design and conduct research, how to use descriptive and inferential statistics, and how to organize and write research papers in American Psychological Association (APA) format. Psychology majors will also acquire the ability to critically evaluate psychological theories, principles, and concepts and the ability to creatively apply their knowledge to everyday life. This major prepares students for higher-level study in Psychology and career opportunities both within Psychology (e.g., teaching, research, clinical or other applied practice) and outside of Psychology (e.g., careers in communications, marketing, forensics.) Competencies will be assessed regularly by evaluating student performance using a variety of techniques including exams, written assignments, and oral presentations.
A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology can provide you with opportunities both within and outside of Psychology. With a degree in Psychology, you can teach in the field, conduct research in an academic or non-academic setting, and/or practice in mental health, educational, and other settings. Of course, some of these positions within Psychology are most accessible to those with graduate training (i.e., beyond Bachelor’s level training) in Psychology. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology can also provide you with many opportunities outside of the field. Possible positions include advertising sales representative, child development specialist, computer programmer, criminal investigator, employment relations specialist, market research analyst, public relations representative, social services aide, technical writer, veterans' counselor, etc.
Logic of the Scientific Method: Students will be able to identify elements of the scientific method and critique their application to the explanation, prediction, and control of mental processes and behavior.
Fundamental Principles: Students will be able to differentiate and compare fundamental principles of psychology.
Everyday Application: Students will be able to apply fundamental principles of psychology in their efforts to evaluate everyday life experiences.