The School of Social & Behavioral Sciences has adopted the following goals and outcomes that are intended to result from participation in the Psychology program. These goals and outcomes represent the knowledge, skills and values consistent with the science and application of psychology in Christian higher education.
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
Students should 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. Students should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.
1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
1.3 Describe applications of psychology
Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.
2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy
2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students should have direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who don’t share their heritage and traditions. This domain also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.
3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, state, national, and global levels.
Goal 4: Communication
Students should demonstrate competence in writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Students should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.
4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
4.3 Interact effectively with others
Goal 5: Professional Development
The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. The skills in this goal refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school.
5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
5.3 Refine project management skills
5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity
5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation
Goal 6: Integration of Psychology and Theology
The emphasis in this goal is to become psychologically-informed individuals who are Christ-followers, guided by Scripture, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Students should show their knowledge, application, and personal views of the interaction between science and Christianity which can make a unique contribution to the field.
6.1 Describe various approaches to the relationship between psychology (science) and Christianity (theology)
6.2 Articulate a Christian worldview
6.3 Critique issues in psychology from a theologically-informed perspective
6.4 Demonstrate commitment to psychology as a form of ministry