The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is designed to achieve several broad objectives:
to increase students' understanding of their cultural and natural worlds through greater
familiarity with the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; to enhance
their skills in communication, quantitative analysis, and critical reasoning; and
to prepare them to fulfill their roles as responsible members of their families, community
More specifically, the psychology degree program introduces students to the theoretical
and empirical literatures of psychology; teaches them the skills necessary to advance
the science of psychology; and encourages them to apply the principles of psychology
to the improvement of human welfare.
The undergraduate degree program is designed to assist students in reaching five major
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings,
and historical trends.
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design,
data analysis, and interpretation.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible,
the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational
Goal 5. Personal and Professional Ethics in Psychology
Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are
the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
Click Goals for a more detailed description of the components of the five major undergraduate
In this area of the Psychology Department web site you will find answers to some frequently
asked questions about getting a degree in psychology, information about Subject Pool
requirements for Psyc 1200, and information on course requirements and advisement
for psychology majors. You will also find out how to become a part of the Psychology
Department Honors Program. Finally, you will find information about several opportunities
available to you in the Psychology department and how to prepare for graduate school
if you make the decision to go.