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Learning Goals

Department of Psychology Learning Goals

1. Students will learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different research methods, including experimental and correlational studies, observational studies, psychological testing, and case studies. They will learn how to plan, conduct, and evaluate the results of a research project, which includes skills in literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, and presentation of results.

2. Students will acquire knowledge about the human service aspects of psychology, and develop skills useful in organizational, educational, and clinical settings.

3. Students will develop and apply oral, written, analytical, and critical thinking skills to psychological issues, questions, and problems. They will learn how to evaluate and utilize primary resources in a research project, write a research paper according to the standards of the American Psychological Association, and prepare and deliver presentations for classes and conferences.

4. Students will learn to evaluate and apply psychological knowledge for solving real world problems, which may include participation in internships, community-based research, inquiry-based approaches to learning, field research or applied research.

5. Students will develop both interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge through academic experiences and extra-curricular activities that foster self-awareness and personal growth, the development of leadership skills, and a respect and understanding for human development and human diversity. They will be encouraged to pursue opportunities for student leadership positions (including the Psychology Club and Psi Chi), student activism, minor programs (including gender studies, special education, and multicultural studies). They will learn how to evaluate and pursue occupational and educational goals beyond Rider.