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Degree Programs

General Studies

The General Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Mission

Undergraduate majors and minors in Psychology develop the knowledge and skills which will enable them to pursue graduate education in related disciplines and to succeed in careers utilizing knowledge and skills from scientific psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate Psychology program at Chadron State College adopted student learning outcomes associated with five comprehensive learning goals developed by the American Psychological Association (APA)*. Students completing a major in Psychology will be tested “performance indicators” embedded throughout the curricula as part of the assessment strategy adopted by the Undergraduate Psychology Program Committee.

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology

Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principle apply to behavioral problems. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of their knowledge and application of psychological ideas to simple problems; students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.

  • 1.1 Describe key concepts, principals, and overarching themes in psychology
  • 1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  • 1.3 Describe applications of psychology

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.

  • 2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • 2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  • 2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • 2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
  • 2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students completing foundation-level courses should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should have more direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who do not share their heritage and traditions. This domain also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.

  • 3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • 3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
  • 3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Goal 4: Communication

Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. Students completing foundation-level courses should write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.

  • 4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
  • 4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
  • 4.3 Interact effectively with others

Goal 5: Professional Development

The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for post baccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed and refined both in traditional academic settings and in extracurricular involvement.

  • 5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • 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

*Source: APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (Version 2.0) (August 2013).

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Subject Major in Psychology

Students majoring in Psychology are required to complete a minor in another subject area. Courses required for the major do not count for the Essential Studies Requirement, i.e., (PSYC 421).

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 234 Psychology of Cognition and Learning 3
PSYC 242 Measurement and Research Designs 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Culture and Psychology 3
PSYC 430 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSYC 432 Statistics for Psychologists 3
PSYC 433 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
PSYC 442 History of Psychology 3
PSYC 450 Empirical Research Project 3
Total hours 36

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Minors in Psychology

Psychology minors are designed for non-psychology majors.

Psychology Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 234 Psychology of Cognition and Learning 3
PSYC 242 Measurement and Research Designs 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 432 Statistics for Psychologists 3
* 300 or 400 level electives from Psychology 3
Total hours 21

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Social & Personality Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 234 Psychology of Cognitive and Learning 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 334 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Culture and Psychology 3
PSYC 433 Abnormal Psychology 3
*300 or 400 level electives from Psychology  
Total hours 21

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*Electives: May include any course with a Psychology prefix or a course approved by the student's advisor and the Chair of Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work.

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