Social Psychology


Competencies

The core program competencies outline the basic knowledge, skills and competencies that should be possessed by the successful graduate of each degree program. According to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, program competencies include the knowledge, skills and attitudes students should master to receive a degree in the academic program.

The program competencies for a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology are as follows:

Program Competency Appropriate Assessment of Competency
An understanding of major theoretical approaches, conceptual bases, and trends in psychology PS 101, PS 206, PS 315, PS 401. Exams, papers and online interactions
An understanding of research design, statistical analysis and application of findings MA 120, PS 101, PS 302, SO 141, SO 305 - Exams, papers, research proposals and online interactions
Demonstrate the ethical application of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues MG 365, PS 101, PS 206, PS 221, PS 222, PS 301, PS 302, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402 - Exams, papers, debates and online interactions
Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize information technology to gather, assess, and communicate about psychological issues and research CS 140, MG 365, MG 440, PS 101, PS 206, PS 221, PS 222, PS 301, PS 302, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402, SO 141, SO 302, SO 305, SO 315 - Exams, papers and online interactions
Utilize skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and scientific approaches to understand behavior MG 365, MG 440, PS 101, PS 206, PS 221, PS 222, PS 301, PS 302, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402, SO 141, SO 302, SO 305, SO 315 - Exams, papers, debates and online interactions
Show an awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and individual differences PS 101, PS 206, PS 301, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402, SO 141, SO 315 - Exams, papers, debates and online interactions
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication within the language of the discipline PS 101, PS 206, PS 221, PS 222, PS 301, PS 302, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402, SO 305 - Exams, papers and online interactions
An understanding of increased self-awareness and  interpersonal skills PS 206, PS 315, PS401, SO 302, SO 315 - Papers, journals and online interactions
An understanding of psychological roles, professional settings, and career opportunities related to psychology MG 365, PS 101, PS 206, PS 302, PS 402, SO 141 - Exams and online interactions
An understanding of the structure and function of psychology within an applied context (e.g. business, sociology, government and human development) PS 101, PS 206, PS 301, PS 315, PS 401, PS 402, SO 141, SO 302, SO 315 - Exams, papers and online interactions