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Psychology, B.A.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hood College:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology through:
    • Explaining why psychology is a science;
    • Identifying and explaining the primary objectives of psychology: describing, understanding, predicting, and controlling behavior and mental processes;
    • Comparing and contrasting the assumptions and methods of psychology with those of other disciplines;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of psychology, including the methods of psychology, theoretical perspectives and historical contexts;
    • Identify relevant ethical issues, including a general understanding of the APA Ethics Code;
    • Use the concepts, language, major theories and perspectives of the discipline to analyze specific psychological concepts.
  2. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation through:
    • Explaining different research methods used by psychologists;
    • Describing how various research designs address different types of questions and hypotheses;
    • Articulating strengths and limitations of various research designs, including distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative methods;
    • Distinguishing the nature of designs that permit causal inferences from those that do not;
    • Evaluating the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research;
    • Interpreting basic statistical results;
    • Distinguishing between statistical significance and practical significance;
    • Designing and conducting basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods;
    • Following the APA Ethics Code in the treatment of human and nonhuman participants in the design, data collection, interpretation and reporting of psychological research.
  3. Use the scientific method to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes through:
    • Evaluating the quality of information, including differentiating empirical evidence from speculation;
    • Identifying and evaluating the source, context, and credibility of behavioral claims.
  4. Understand and apply psychological findings to clinical, social, and organizational issues through:
    • Describing major applied areas (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, etc.) and their applications.
  5. Introduce realistic ideas about how to implement psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits through:
    • Identifying the types of academic experience and performance in psychology and the liberal arts that will facilitate entry into the workforce, graduate school, or both;
    • Describing preferred career paths based on accurate self-assessment;
    • Identifying skills and experiences relevant to achieving selected career goals.