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Learning Goals for the UW-Eau Claire Psychology Major

Knowledge, Skills and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology

Goal 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology
Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Goal 2: Research Methods in Psychology
Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Goal 4: Application of Psychology
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Goal 5: Values in Psychology
Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.

Knowledge, Skills and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology

Goal 6: Information and Technological Literacy
Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

Goal 7: Communication Skills
Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Goal 8: Sociocultural and International Awareness
Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

Goal 9: Personal Development
Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Goal 10: Career Planning and Development
Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

The Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies report contains more information about these goals and their corresponding learning outcomes.