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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Psychology (BS)


The mission of the undergraduate program in psychology is to deliver a psychology curriculum that engages students in the science, practice, and teaching of psychology, prepares students for employment in a variety of professional careers that benefit from undergraduate psychology preparation and for graduate education in psychology, and that provides students with the skills to be lifelong critical thinkers and critical consumers of psychology-related information, including the acquisition of a broad knowledge of the science of psychology, an understanding of research methods in psychology, the ability to communicate psychology concepts and research findings appropriately and effectively, awareness of the importance of cultural factors in psychology, and the ability to use appropriate technology for gaining further knowledge in psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Communication Skills
Students will develop the ability to communicate psychology information effectively in speaking and writing.

Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Students will acquire the ability to use critical thinking and skeptical inquiry to assess the quality and validity of information presented in both scientific and popular media publications, including the ability to differentiate empirical evidence based conclusions from opinion and speculation and knowledge of common fallacies in thinking.

Information and Technological Literacy
Students will acquire the ability to use computer-based information databases in psychology and to use appropriate software for data analysis and graphic presentation of data-based research findings.

Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will understand the nature of psychology as a science that is based upon empirical data, will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the science of psychology, and will acquire in-depth knowledge in at least one of the sub-areas of the science.

Research Methods in Psychology
Students will develop competence in the conduct, interpretation, and evaluation of the research methods used in the science of psychology. Students will acquire knowledge of the different research designs used in psychology, develop skill at evaluating the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research, and learn to design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions.

Cultural Factors in Psychology
Students will understand the importance of cultural influences in various domains of psychology and will demonstrate an awarness of the role of individual differences (including those involving race, socioeconomic status, gender, and culture) in psychological theories, empirical findings, and historical trends.

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