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Degree: Bachelor of Arts


Program Learning Outcomes

Joye Swan, Ph.D

The psychology major concentrates on the behavior of human beings as individuals, members of groups and as part of the larger social community. Students confront issues of competition, cooperation and conformity within social settings and explore mechanisms of influence in the media and their environment. The psychology program places special emphasis on the investigation of humans as agents for and recipients of influence and persuasion in their roles as consumers and communicators.

The program is writing-intensive with an emphasis on critical thinking. Coursework in the major challenges students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world issues and experiences. Students also develop the skills necessary to design, implement, statistically analyze, and write research studies. The major is designed to complement any career path involving media production, design practice, or the fundamentals of human interaction. Students receive a strong foundation in psychological theory and application that successfully prepares them to continue their education at the graduate school level.

The Department of Psychology offers students in other majors the opportunity to complete a minor in psychology. A minor helps focus the skills developed in another major by adding additional layers of analytical thinking, strategic problem solving, effective writing, and persuasive communication abilities. A communication minor is recommended for psychology majors but students are encouraged to discuss other options with their adviser that may better meet their career goals. A capstone Senior Seminar completes the curriculum, providing the student with the opportunity to synthesize and put into practice the knowledge and skills learned in the program.

The mission of the Woodbury University psychology program is to develop critical thinkers who are introspective
and proactive life-long learners and who are demonstrably learned in the field. The program values a practical perspective where students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to novel situations and to the amelioration
of social problems and where students are prepared to demonstrate these skills in a variety of arenas, such as graduate school or public service.

PSY 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

PSY 2.1 Analytical Methods in Psychology

  • Demonstrate competence in the use of statistics, and particularly the SPSS computer application, in the analysis of research problems.

PSY 2.2 Research Methods in Psychology

  • Demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, and evaluate discipline-specific research problems, culminating in submission of a proposal to a research conference and in the completion of an independent senior thesis.

PSY 3:  Application of Psychology

  • Apply the knowledge of psychology to real-world problems as demonstrated on application essay exams and hands-on projects where students “do” psychology.

PSY 4:  Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats, but especially in the application of APA writing style throughout the curriculum, culminating in a demonstration of mastery in the capstone courses.

PSY 5:  Collaborative Learning

  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in collaborative learning both within the field and across disciplines through successful completion of teamed research and design projects, especially with other students in the School of Media, Culture & Design.