Psychology Student Learning Outcomes

VUSC Psychology graduates should be able to

  1. Use knowledge of major concepts in psychology as relevant to cognitive, behavioral, biological, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives on human nature.
  2. Apply core principles of empirical research, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation to evaluation of knowledge.
  3. Use critical thinking to evaluate scholarly research and its popular interpretations rationally, in light of valid evidence and the scientific approach.
  4. Apply psychological principles to practical issues (including personal, social, and/or organizational issues).
  5. Practice professional ethics in psychology as defined by the American Psychological Association, with the focus on core principles of beneficence, responsibility, integrity, justice, and respect http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx?item=3.
  6. Demonstrate communication skills through writing in an established scientific format (APA), and gain practice in oral communication.
  7. Practice cultural competency and citizenship as defined in Institutional Learning Outcomes http://provost.vanguard.edu/studentlearningoutcomes/, with in-depth disciplinary focus on appreciation of diverse psychological aspects of culture.
  8. Integrate a Christian worldview with knowledge of psychology.
  9. Apply psychological knowledge, skills, and values to various occupations/careers and/or postgraduate study.