The School of Psychological Science offers students a variety of educational avenues that provide the necessary tools for competency in, and appreciation for, psychology as a scientific discipline.

In addition to classes whose contents span the many sub disciplines of psychology, the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State values the intellectual contributions of its students and offers a number of opportunities for research experience.

The School of Psychological Science offers a BA or BS degree in Psychology, as well as a Psychology Minor.

Many of our graduates will go straight into the workforce into areas such as human services, human resources, and educational assistants. Many graduates will also continue their education through professional schools such as law, medicine, or optometry. Others will engage in further study in business or in public administration. Some students will continue their study of Psychology at a school with a graduate program in one of the specialty areas of psychology.

In addition to classes whose contents span the many sub disciplines of psychology, the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State values the intellectual contributions of its students and offers a number of opportunities for research experience.

Learn about research being conducted and presented by our undergraduates.

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Outcomes: 

The School of Psychological Science has identified the following Learning Objectives for the BA/BS program in Psychology:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology
    1. Describe major areas of Psychology (e.g., clinical, social, health, cognitive, etc.)
    2. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  2. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific method to solve problems and answer questions related to behavior and mental processes.
    1. Demonstrate reasonable skepticism and intellectual curiosity of asking questions about causal statements
    2. Actively seek and critically evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims
  3. Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design and interpretation.
    1. Identify or generate an empirically testable psychological question
    2. Design and conduct basic studies to address psychological questions
    3. Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from psychological research
    4. Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of a particular research paradigm
    5. Communicate findings via written and oral presentation
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
    1. Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues and inform public discourse
    2. Apply research concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life
    3. Recognize that ethically complex situations can develop in the application of psychological principles to a real-life setting
    4. Identify values that build community at local, national, and global levels
  5. Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that define psychology as a science.  Specifically,
    1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
    2. Recognize and respect human diversity
    3. Understand the limitations of one’s own psychological knowledge and skills
  6. Professional development
    1. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
    2. Develop realistic professional direction for life after graduation

 

 

 

 

 

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