VUSC Psychology graduates should be able to
- Use knowledge of major concepts in psychology as relevant to cognitive, behavioral, biological, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives on human nature.
- Apply core principles of empirical research, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation to evaluation of knowledge.
- Use critical thinking to evaluate scholarly research and its popular interpretations rationally, in light of valid evidence and the scientific approach.
- Apply psychological principles to practical issues (including personal, social, and/or organizational issues).
- 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.
- Demonstrate communication skills through writing in an established scientific format (APA), and gain practice in oral communication.
- 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.
- Integrate a Christian worldview with knowledge of psychology.
- Apply psychological knowledge, skills, and values to various occupations/careers and/or postgraduate study.