Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes
A Task Force Report
This document represents the work of the Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies appointed by the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs. The document has been endorsed by the Board of Educational Affairs, March 2002, but does not represent policy of the APA.
Structure of the Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes
This document provides details for 10 suggested goals and related learning outcomes for the undergraduate psychology major. These Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes represent what the Task Force considers to be reasonable departmental expectations for the psychology major in United States’ institutions of higher education. The 10 goals are grouped into two major categories:
- (I) Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with the Science and Application of Psychology. This category represents activities that provide hallmarks of psychology education. Responsibility for development in and assessment of these areas rests primarily with the psychology faculty in coursework or psychology advising, and
- (II) Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent with Liberal Arts Education that are Further Developed in Psychology.