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Graduating Psychology majors will:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. 
  3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  6. Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  7. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  8. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  9. Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  10. Emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Note: These goals are taken verbatim from the American Psychological Association Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (2007, http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf).

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