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Neuroscience and Psychology Learning Objectives

With a broad-base of knowledge regarding behavior and mental processes, a major in psychology at Mount Union will prepare you for advanced study in graduate and professional schools in several different areas including:

  • Clinical/Counseling psychology
  • Educational/School psychology
  • Developmental, Social, and Experimental psychology

 Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology can also pursue entry-level positions in many fields including but not limited to:

  • Mental health management
  • Human resources
  • Social work
  • Advertising

With a combination of classroom theory and practical experience, students will be prepared for a rewarding future in whatever field you choose.

Organizations students may become active in include the Psychology Club and Psi Chi the National Honor Society in psychology.

The psychology program provides many opportunities for experiential learning through internships and field placements, social service agencies, drug abuse counseling agencies, probation offices and schools.

Other off-campus opportunities include professional meetings, undergraduate research conferences, the Wilderness Experience, and spring break service projects in developing countries.

Departmental Mission
The mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is to develop and maintain an academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad base of knowledge in psychology and neuroscience, acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to participate in these fields as scientists and practitioners, and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

Departmental goals. 

The goals of the department fall into five categories:

  • Knowledge Base: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs and experiences that foster the acquisition of significant knowledge of the field, including historical and contemporary persons and events that have shaped the discipline.  The department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the varied methods, theories, and conceptual models that serve as organizing frameworks for understanding behavior and experience.
  • Intellectual Skills: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides programs, courses and experiences that enable students to develop skills in the areas of communication, information gathering, critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Personal Characteristics: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs, and experiences that promote self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection, and interpersonal competence.
  • Values, Ethics, and Professionalism: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs, and experiences that encourage the development of an appreciation of diversity, values associated with psychological science, and a commitment to ethical and professional behavior.
  • Career Development: The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience provides courses, programs, and experiences that enable students to use psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

Knowledge base student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. State the goals, methods of knowing, areas of study, and assumptions that characterize the field.
  2. Identify the various psychological schools of thought, and compare and contrast them.
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of several areas within the field.
  4. Apply psychological knowledge to one’s own world and, thereby, enhance understanding of human behavior and effective functioning.
  5. State the career options available to graduates and ways of obtaining these positions.

Intellectual skills student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate psychological research.
  2. Design and conduct research with an effective use of technological resources.
  3. Communicate effectively with the scientific community and the general public about psychological principles, theories, and research results.
  4. Think critically, formulate effective arguments, and solve problems through effective utilization of information and, therefore, function as an intelligent consumer of psychological information.

Personal characteristics student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Work effectively with others in achieving group goals.
  2. Show understanding of one’s own and others’ feelings, thoughts, and actions.
  3. Demonstrate effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Values, Ethics, and Professionalism student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Show empathy, caring, respect, and acceptance of others by demonstrating an appreciation for individual differences and cultural diversity.
  2. Demonstrate engagement in multiple activities in and out the classroom related to personal growth and development and responsible citizenship.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and importance of empirical evidence and tolerance for ambiguity.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to behave ethically in academic and applied settings.

Career Development student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.
  2. State the career options available to psychology graduates and ways of obtaining these positions.