B.A. in Applied Psychology Program Goals

B.A. in Applied Psychology Program Goals

Program Learning Goals

Goal 1: Develop critical thinking skills

  • Students will demonstrate ability to critically evaluate individual or group behavioral problems (case studies) using appropriate psychological theory and assessment tools
  • Students will demonstrate ability to critically evaluate internship experiences and apply conclusions to career planning
  • Students will become critical consumers of the science of psychology, distinguish between pseudo-science and real science, and understand the importance of theory and research findings

Goal 2: Develop disciplinary content knowledge

  • Students will be able to discern core concepts in the history and systems of psychology
  • Students will be able to discern core concepts in mental health and adjustment
  • Students will be able to discern core concepts in social/industrial/organizational/group psychology
  • Discuss core concepts in learning/cognitive psychology

Goal 3: Understand and Interpret Quantitative Research and Methodology

  • Students will demonstrate ability to use SPSS (or equivalent statistical packages)
  • Students will identify and appropriate research methodology
  • Students will understand data analysis
  • Students will demonstrate ability to create and present orally in a public forum the results of a project or internship
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in psychological research directed by faculty
  • Students will demonstrate ability to use APA style in a research paper including analysis and citation of published research

Goal 4: Develop Career Development and Interpersonal and Personal Effectiveness                                

  • Students will develop awareness of personal career-related strengths and weakness based on internship site-supervisor evaluations and self-reflection
  • Students will understand career options in psychology and research related fields
  • Students will demonstrate ability to work effectively in a project or work team
  • Students will demonstrate evidence of skills, responsibilities, and duties associated with internships and knowledge of career development

Goal 5: Awareness of and Concern for Ethics and Professionalism Within the Discipline of Psychology

  • Students will be familiar with the basic principles of professional ethics, including the APA Ethical Standards of Psychologists and the APA Standards of Educational and Psychological Testing
  • Students will demonstrate sensitivity to ethical concerns and professionalism in all settings where applications of psychology and/or psychological research occur, including internship experiences