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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major and Learning Outcomes


Psychology Major Mission Statement

The psychology program, in conjunction with the mission statement of DeSales University, is committed to providing students with an excellent liberal arts education within the context of Christian humanism by fostering critical thinking and competency in the subject. Through the understanding of behavior and mental processes, students gain a greater cognizance of, and respect for, human uniqueness and diversity.

Psychology Major Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from DeSales University with a major in psychology will be able to demonstrate:

  1. competence in explaining and applying key psychological concepts and terms;
  2. skills in research, writing, and orally presenting findings on key issues in the field of psychology;
  3. ability to critically analyze significant psychological theories and research results;
  4. preparedness for a career and/or graduate school, and lifelong learning.

The psychology program, in conjunction with the mission statement of DeSales University, is committed to providing students with an excellent liberal arts education within the context of Christian humanism. The program offers an education that fosters critical thinking and competency for the workforce today. Through the understanding of behavior and mental processes, students gain a greater cognizance of, and respect for, human uniqueness and diversity.

The courses offered in the psychology program expose students to methodologies employed to address problems and issues within the discipline. These courses also provide students with the means to develop analytical and interpretative skills, and to be able to express such skills in written and oral communication. This mission is possible within the context of supportive faculty-student interactions in the classroom, seminars, and independent study courses.

The psychology program thus aims to prepare students intellectually and morally for:

1) employment in applied fields of psychology, such as counseling, human services, industry, and secondary education; 2) fields outside psychology, such as medicine (physicians, physician assistants, nurses) and the criminal justice system, 3) admission to graduate schools for continuing education; and 4) a lifelong process of learning and growth.