Master Knowledge Base

  • Describe central questions, key concepts and findings of historical and contemporary psychology.
  • Be familiar with a variety of subdomains and major perspectives in psychology
  • Acquire a knowledge of disciplinary standards, such as ethics, methods, data analysis, and writing conventions

Analyze Evidence

  • Apply scientific reasoning, psychological principles and methods to explain behavior
  • Interpret behavioral research using psychological theories and methods
  • Critique scientific findings from theoretical, methodological, quantitative, and sociocultural perspectives
  • Disregard or challenge flawed information

Formulate and Address Problems

  • Develop questions by finding and evaluating relevant literature
  • Frame questions scientifically and operationally in a relevant theoretical context
  • Design and conduct scientifically valid psychological research
  • Apply psychological theories, findings, and methods to address real world problems

Communicate and Argue Effectively

  • Present, defend, and question ideas, arguments, and findings in psychology
  • Use psychological conventions to present ideas in written, oral, and visual formats with organized, clear, direct, and meaningful approaches
  • Develop collaborative interpersonal skills that will facilitate professional interactions

Continue Learning Independently

  • Develop habits and strategies to effectively support learning
  • Acquire enthusiasm for the independent pursuit of knowledge
  • Connect learning experiences within psychology and to other disciplines
  • Value reflecting on learning
  • Appreciate the complexity of “knowledge” and the inherent uncertainty in human understanding

Conduct Independent Research

  • Generate new knowledge by conducting a research project
  • Formulate a research question and develop methods for answering it
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Communicate research question, method, and findings to a general audience in both written and oral formats