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 problems." 

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking 

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 diversity." 

Goal 4: Communication

Students will "demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills."

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.