GOAL #1 – Knowledge Base of Psychology
Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Objective 1: Demonstrate understanding that psychology is a science of mind and behavior.
Objective 2: Demonstrate knowledge of the key influences and events in the history of psychology.
Objective 3: Demonstrate knowledge of major principles and findings of:
a. learning, memory, and cognition
b. sensation, perception, and physiological
c. developmental and social
d. personality and individual differences
GOAL #2 – Research Methods in Psychology
Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Objective 1: Demonstrate understanding the different research methods used by psychologists.
Objective 2: Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from research.
Objective 3: Choose research designs that are appropriate to study questions.
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.
Objective 1: Evaluate the scientific evidence for psychological claims.
Objective 2: Demonstrate reasonable skepticism and understanding that psychological explanations are often complex and tentative.
Objective 3: Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
GOAL #4 – Application of Psychology
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Objective 1: Demonstrate understanding that basic research can be applied to real-world problems.
Objective 2: Recognize and demonstrate knowledge of the major fields of applied and professional psychology:
a. clinical and abnormal
b. measurement and assessment
d. health psychology
e. forensic psychology
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.
Objective 1: Demonstrate understanding how the APA ethics code applies to psychological research.
Objective 2: Demonstrate understanding how the APA ethics code applies to professional psychology.
Objective 3: Recognize and respect human diversity.