Student Learning Outcomes | Psychology

After Pacific | Graduates of our undergraduate psychology program are well-prepared for graduate studies in experimental psychology, neuroscience, clinical or counseling psychology and many other fields. They are also well-prepared for jobs requiring data analysis, science writing, lab work, education and some social services.

Our graduates are teachers and school counselors, mental health providers, researchers, Fulbright scholars and graduate students in many health professions programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Department's mission is to engender the kind of student who possesses a varied, precise, and clear understanding of the major concepts, traditions, and findings within the field of modern psychology. Our goal is to mentor students to think critically and independently; who are well versed in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and regard both as potentially valuable and appropriate.

The learning outcomes of this course relative to the department's program goals and the American Psychological Association's Undergraduate Psychology Guidelines are listed below:

  • Present a selection of courses that typify the breadth of the discipline and the expertise of departmental faculty
  • Introduce students to the scientific approach and methods of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of research and theory
  • Develop cultural humility in understanding, service and research with diverse populations
  • Mentor students' by providing opportunity and instruction in basic and applied psychology through civic and community engagement, as well as allied health and service professions
  • Polish student writing so that they communicate clearly, succinctly and with authority both in oral presentation and in essay form
  • Instill cooperative learning strategies that enable students to participate effectively in group projects and in circumstances surrounding employment

Program Purpose

Psychology is the empirical analysis of mind and behavior. The psychologist, regardless of their specialization or degree, is a versatile, inherently interdisciplinary, and multi-methodological professional. Virtually all disciplines both benefit from and include psychology within their practices. Bottom line: Reliable knowledge of psychological processes is necessary for meaningful action in the world.