In a recent report, Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes, the American
Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs provided ten suggested goals and related
learning outcomes for the undergraduate psychology major.
This small private college in the west
requested assistance in reviewing its
psychology program. The request
was triggered by the dean, who was
considering adding a new faculty line
for the department and wished to
have a clearer sense of the future of
psychology programs in
This public institution in the northwest requested an evaluation of their psychology department. It was determined that the department should focus on breadth rather than depth. The consultants felt undergraduate psychology students would benefit from increased exposure to many aspects of psychology. It is believed graduates of the program will be more well-rounded following this revision.
Nancy Dess A pilot introductory course ventures away from the traditional approach of explaining the structure of the discipline and toward a topical teaching approach that exchanges depth for breadth.