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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Psychology


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Program objectives for a B.A. in Psychology are: (a) describe the nature of psychology as a discipline; (b) use the concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena; (c) demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology; (e) describe the basic characteristics of the science of psychology; (f) explain different research methods used by psychologists; (g) design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods; (h) evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research; (i) generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of particular research methods; (j) follow the APA Code of Ethics in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation, and reporting of psychological research; (k) use critical thinking effectively; (l) use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals; (m) approach problems effectively; (n) describe major applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, health); (o) identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems; (p) articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public policy; (q) recognize the necessity for ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology; (s) recognize and understand the importance of academic integrity; (t) recognize and respect human diversity and understand that psychological explanations may vary across populations and contexts; (u) assess and justify engagement with respect to civic, social, and global responsibilities; (v) understand the limitations of psychological knowledge and skills.

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