-MISSION STATEMENT and STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Psychology Department Mission Statement

The WWU Department of Psychology provides an exemplary educational program based on the scientific study of psychological processes. The department represents the comprehensive scope of psychology including its historical, developmental, biological, cognitive, social and cultural foundations. Through pedagogy, scholarship and service the faculty emphasizes scientific methodology to enhance critical thinking, writing, research skills, and promote the application of psychological knowledge to the world’s needs and problems.

 Psychology Department Student Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of psychological theory across a broad range of content areas
2. design and implement theoretically based and methodologically sound research projects
3. evaluate data and draw appropriate conclusions
4. recognize applicability of psychological theories and principles in real world settings
5. communicate effectively
6. demonstrate critical thinking
7. recognize the importance of individual differences
8. view their education in psychology as relevant to their lives post-graduation

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