Liberal Arts and Sciences: Psychology Option
The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum prepares a student to be an accomplished and productive human being. A liberal arts degree opens doors to the professions and to rewarding and responsible careers. Future physicians, teachers, scientists, lawyers and businessmen, for example, develop themselves as well-rounded individuals, in addition to completing their pre-professional work. The academic experiences in liberal arts and sciences provide the foundation for later specialization, graduate study and professional school. The Psychology Option offers a greater degree of specialization.
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program requirements, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge base from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
- Evaluate and analyze a range of artistic, historical, literary and philosophical works.
- Examine the formation of individual and group behavior, and social institutions and processes.
- Develop an ability and a cultural context for communication in a language other than English.
- Communicate effectively through written and oral forms.
- Demonstrate informed critical thinking.
- Engage in quantitative reasoning and scientific inquiry.
- Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultures.
Upon successful completion of the Psychology Option requirements, students will be able to:
- Apply critical thinking through a psychological lens; this includes evaluating fact-based evidence, engaging in inductive and deductive reasoning, identifying and considering multiple points of view, and applying these processes to problem-solving.
- Demonstrate understanding of basic and advanced psychological theories, principles, and concepts in the areas of human development, social interaction, psychopathology, cognition, and biological roots of behavior.
- Explore connections between published research findings and their real-world applications, allowing students to apply psychological concepts to their own lives and experiences.
- Evaluate hypotheses, research designs, research findings, theories, and research ethics, allowing students to not only understand the nature of psychological research, but to also become informed media consumers and apply scientific understanding to media reports about psychology.
- Apply psychological concepts and principles to understanding social, political, and cultural phenomena, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.