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Academics

The mission of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is to provide students with a rigorous program of undergraduate education and training that encourages critical thinking and lifelong learning. The curriculum leading to a degree in psychology provides students with an understanding of human behavior and the ability to utilize scientific methods to answer questions about human behavior. Students are prepared to enter a variety of graduate and professional programs in psychology and related fields (such as law, medical school), as well as to enter entry-level employment in a number of fields (such as business, human resources). The Department represents the core areas of psychological science, including neuroscience, clinical psychology, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, industrial/organizational psychology, and social and personality psychology. Undergraduate psychology majors are provided a choice between two programmatic emphases culminating in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (psychology course requirements and learning outcome expectations are identical for the two degrees, but differ in terms of the non-psychology course requirements).

By completion of the degree, students in our program will be able to:

  • Evaluate and synthesize discipline-specific knowledge, including 1) core content regarding methods and statistics used in psychology, 2) core content from clinical psychology, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, industrial/organizational psychology, neuroscience, and social and personality psychology, and 3) the application of this material to global, cultural, and diversity issues.
  • Evaluate and explain research methods and findings through professional writing, including describing theoretical and methodological issues comprehensively and skillfully, interpreting findings accurately and logically, and using language that conveys meaning to readers with clarity and fluency.
  • Evaluate and synthesize scientific findings and think critically about how to measure and solve problems.
  • Adapt and apply an understanding of multiple diverse perspectives and will indicate interest in taking informed and responsible action to address local and global challenges.