Methods of inquiry and Analysis
Psychology majors should achieve skills in critical thinking and reasoning. These skills come, in part, from working with quantitative information in statistics and from understanding the rationale and methods of research design. Psychology majors should be able to conduct thorough, objective research; analyze data logically; and put forth the findings with clarity. This rigorous training in the scientific method puts psychology majors at quite an advantage as they pursue their future careers.
Psychology majors should achieve a more in-depth knowledge of several content areas within psychology, such as developmental psychology, personality theories, and abnormal psychology. Such courses solidify the principles of human behavior that constitute the basis of the field. In these content areas, students should be familiar with the facts, theories, and questions of historical and current interest. They should read current texts and original sources, as well as present clear arguments in support of their position on controversial topics.
Psychology majors should achieve some knowledge of the application of psychological theory, facts, and methods to the practical needs of individuals, organizations, and society. Students should value and be sensitive to differences in treatment of people of differing backgrounds, race, ethnicity, culture, age, class, lifestyle, and disability status.
Experiential Practica and Internships
Psychology majors should obtain experience in applying psychology. Depending on their areas of interest, students should participate in the numerous research opportunities and/or service-delivery opportunities available through the psychology department. By gaining real-world experience in the application of principles learned in the classroom, students may make future job contacts, secure letters of recommendation, and discover even more about the field. URI students routinely serve as interns in a wide variety of settings, including government hospitals, corporate settings, prisons, clinical settings, non-profit organizations, and crisis centers. URI students are also actively involved in conducting research with psychology department faculty mentors.
Psychology majors have the opportunity to take elective psychology courses to expand upon their existing knowledge base and experiences, specifically in areas that they see as important to their individual interests and objectives.
For more information, see the Psychology Department's Learning Outcomes.