Program Objectives for Psychology

Knowledge of Psychology

Outcome 1: On the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology administered every third year, graduating psychology majors will score no lower than 65th percentile on institutional comparisons.
Outcome 2: Graduating psychology majors will score at least at the 60th percentile on all four of the ETS Major Field Achievement Test subscores: Learning/Cognition/Memory; Sensory/Perception/Physiology; Clinical/Abnormal/Personality; and Developmental/Social.

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Outcome 1: Graduating psychology majors will score no lower than the 65th percentile on institutional comparisons on the measurement/methodology assessment indicator of the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology.
Outcome 2: Psychology majors will reach writing competence (per scoring rubrics) in Psychology’s two required writing-intensive (EPW) courses: PSYC 212, Research Methods & Statistical Analysis II, and PSYC 491, Senior Seminar II.
Outcome 3: At least 12 psychology majors will present at external research conferences and/or coauthor publications per year.
Outcome 4: All psychology majors will successfully produce a poster as part of the two-semester Research Methods & Statistical Analysis sequence.

Professional and Ethical Development

Outcome 1: All psychology majors will complete PSYC 390: Career Development Seminar and will demonstrate a pre-post course increase in their career knowledge and skills.
Outcome 2: All psychology majors will successfully pass (80% correct) the multiple-module CITI test on ethics in behavioral research.
Outcome 3: All psychology interns will demonstrate pre-post course improvement on an ethics exam and will demonstrate satisfactory ethical conduct in the field (as assessed by their external supervisors’ evaluations).
Outcome 4: At least 90% of graduating psychology majors will complete one or more transcriptable experiential activities (30%+ each in Student Faculty Teaching Mentorship Program, Faculty Student Research Program, Field Experience in Clinical or Applied Settings, and in Service Learning/CBL Psychology course).
Outcome 5: At least 90% of the previous year’s psychology graduates responding to the Center for Career Development’s first destination survey will be either employed full-time or pursuing additional education.

Mission Statement

The Psychology Department promotes the acquisition and application of  psychological science. We encourage faculty and students to pursue behavioral research and community service.
We subscribe to the University's Mission, especially emphasizing the personal development of students and our commitment to academic excellence in the Ignatian tradition.