Learning Objectives for Graduating Students

Franklin & Marshall Psychology graduates will:

1.  be mature consumers of scientific knowledge.

  • They will recognize the nature and limitations of scientific inquiry and the scientific process.
  • They will understand the place and role of science in the academy and the world at large, and will hold an appreciation for the historical and social construct of science, including contributions beyond the Western tradition.

2.  be proficient producers of scientific knowledge through collecting data and/or formulating evidence-based arguments.

  • They will have the capacity to design and carry out empirical research.
  • They will collaborate effectively.
  • They will possess the practiced ability to analyze data using appropriate statistical approaches.
  • They will be able to present data and explain scientific patterns to both scientists and non-scientists.
  • They will be able to draw informed opinions about basic questions regarding those data.
  • They will be able to communicate clearly in both written and verbal forms, using the styles and expectations of the discipline.

3.  apply psychological knowledge to real-world problems and phenomena.

  • They will appreciate the ethical implications of research and practices in psychology.
  • They will understand the role of psychology beyond the classroom and the laboratory.
  • They will be able to use their psychological training to address social problems.

4.  approach scientific phenomena from an integrative and conceptual mindset, moving away from a unidimensional, fact-focused perspective.

  • They will understand important concepts and key contributions of a variety of areas of psychology (encompassing biological, philosophical, and sociological approaches).
  • They will be able to make connections among different disciplines within psychology, among the natural sciences, and across divisions of the academy.

5.  be mature and active participants within their own education.

  • They will practice self-examination and self-reflection.
  • They will take risks mindfully and learn from failures.
  • They will receive feedback positively and provide feedback constructively.

 

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