The Psychology Department’s objectives align with the broad objectives for undergraduate Psychology programs promulgated by the American Psychological Association, which are summarized below. The Psychology major graduating from Lindenwood ideally will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;
- Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and data interpretation;
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes;
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues;
- Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
The Psychology BA is a liberal arts degree that prepares graduates for lifelong learning. Features of the major include exposure to and practice in problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, information-gathering and synthesis skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and skills in research and statistical reasoning. The field's knowledge base regarding human behavior is pertinent to virtually all careers that entail dealing with people.
Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology commonly enter careers in the fields of human services, business, human resources, education, and criminal justice. Psychology majors sometimes pursue graduate study in a variety of fields, including counseling, psychology, social work, law, healthcare, business, and education.