The Undergraduate Program in Psychology contributes to the mission of San Jose State University by transmitting knowledge of psychological theories and their application to a broad spectrum of students. The Department also furthers the University's mission by contributing to the expansion of knowledge through faculty and student research and scholarship as well as through direct services to the community.
Student Learning Outcomes
Adapted from "Report on Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes", Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies, APA, 2002.
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Outcome 1. Students will be able to identify, describe, and communicate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Outcome 2. Students will be able to design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Outcome 3. Students will be able to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology
Outcome 4. Students will be able to apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
Goal 5. Values in Psychology
Outcome 5. Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize their role and responsibility as a member of society.
Assessment of Student Learning
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