Mission & Learning Outcomes: Counseling and Psychology

Mission Statement

The mission of the department of Counseling and Psychology is to promote the development of students who understand a broad range of areas within psychology and make connections among Christian faith, learning and living.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will evidence a satisfactory level of knowledge of key theories, findings, and methods across a broad range of the primary subdisciplines in psychology.
  2. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the ethical guidelines and procedures involved in developing, performing, and reporting psychological research.
  3. Students will demonstrate a satisfactory ability to comprehend, synthesize, and critique psychological knowledge presented in primary journal articles which are judged by the departmental faculty to be accessible to undergraduate students. Student writing intended to reflect these abilities should evidence quality, clarity, and mechanics consistent with the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  4. Students will articulate an informed position on the relations between Christianity and the discipline of psychology, including consideration of worldview, epistemic, and other key foundational issues.
  5. Students will evidence reflection upon their reasons for studying psychology, their short- and long-term educational and career goals, and their intellectual, personal, and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses. They will also evidence the ability to reflect back on their undergraduate careers and describe continuity and change in these areas as well as plans for the future. Students' reflections on these areas will exhibit an understanding of relations among faith, learning, and living.