The 45-credit major is intended for students who are interested in careers that would combine a background in psychology with work in fields such as social work, family studies, business, forensics, primate behavior, and other fields for which training in behavioral science would be useful. Students in the 45-credit major are required to complete either a minor or a double major. This major would also be useful for students who intend to go directly into the work force following graduation. If a student decided later to pursue graduate school, the core courses in the 45-credit major may transfer into the 60-credit major.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
- Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- Recognize and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.