The psychology curriculum emphasizes:
- Information literacy
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Contemporary psychological knowledge and its application
- Research design through an experiential-based curriculum including laboratory courses and a Senior Capstone Experience
A required core of courses introduces majors to the field. This core includes required methodology courses in psychological research design, analysis, and writing. Additionally, a core of lower-division breadth courses provides majors with exposure to the key sub-disciplines of psychology.
Majors choose two from a set of seven upper-division laboratory courses that represent psychology’s close alliance with both social science and natural science approaches to the study of behavior.
Upon graduation, a psychology major should be able to:
- Understand and apply the scientific method, theories, perspectives on human thought, emotion, and behavior
- Formulate and evaluate testable research designs and hypotheses
- Generalize research conclusions and interpret statistical output appropriately
- Use theoretical perspectives to explain and describe behavior and mental processes in psychological terms
- Clearly articulate concepts and theories in psychology both in written and oral form to the standard of professional publications and presentations in psychology