Student Learning Outcomes
The Psychology Department at Winthrop University has adopted the Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals of the American Psychological Association. Through an individually tailored blend of psychology courses, general education courses, a minor, and co-curricular activities, students will achieve success that is ultimately measured in the context of the following five goals (adapted and quoted from the APA 2013 goals.
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
Students will "demonstrate fundamental
knowledge and comprehension of the major
concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical
trends, and empirical findings to discuss how
psychological principles apply to behavioral
Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and
Students will develop "scientific reasoning and problem
solving, including effective research methods."
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility
in a Diverse World
Students will develop "ethically and socially responsible
behaviors for professional and personal
settings in a landscape that involves increasing
Goal 4: Communication
Students will "demonstrate competence
in writing and in oral and interpersonal
Goal 5: Professional Development
Students will "sharpen their readiness for postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school" by applying psychology-specific content and skills (i.e., "effective self-reflection, project-management
skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation").
For more information, please read the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (Version 2.0, August 2013) (pdf - 448 kb). A summary of the learning goals is available on pages 15-16 of the document.