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The mission of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Daemen College is to introduce students to the content and methods of psychological science. The psychology curriculum is designed to increase students’ knowledge in foundational and contemporary topics in psychological science, to practice the principles of research design and data analysis, and to develop skills in a variety of domains that characterize well educated and ethical learners. We accomplish this through a combination of integrative collaborative student-faculty research opportunities, advising, mentoring, and community outreaches in the form of career field experiences and internships.
Student Learning Goals & Outcomes
The Department of Psychological Sciences at Daemen College endorses the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0 (APA, 2013) that are structured to provide knowledge, skills, and values consistent with both psychological science and a liberal education.
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and
overarching themes in psychology;
1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s
1.3 Describe applications of psychology.
Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret
2.2 Demonstrate psychology information
2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative
thinking and problem solving;
2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic
2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate
psychological science and practice;
3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal
3.3 Adopt values that build community at
local, national, and global levels.
Goal 4: Communication
4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different
4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for
4.3 Interact effectively with others.
Goal 5: Professional Development
5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation;
5.3 Refine project-management skills;
5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity;
5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction
for life after graduation.
American Psychological Association (2013). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major. Washington, DC.