The Department of Psychological Science is committed to excellence in undergraduate training in the science of psychology. We do so by offering students not only the highest caliber of classroom instruction but also extensive opportunities for professionally-authentic experiences in research and community engagement. We are dedicated to training students to be psychologically literate citizens who can engage in scientifically- and ethically-informed judgments, decision-making, and actions. As such, our curriculum emphasizes students acquiring knowledge about the discipline, applying that knowledge to real world situations, adopting scientific and ethical values, attitudes, and beliefs, and gaining interpersonal and communication skills.
*Liberal Arts refers to a broad-based education in a variety of disciplines whose emphasis is on understanding humanity from multiple perspectives (e.g. history, literature, philosophy, psychology) while developing the skills of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, oral and written communication and problem solving with the aim of developing an educated individual who respects diversity and accepts global responsibility. In an ever-changing world, liberal arts majors offer an opportunity for breadth and depth of study while producing flexible, well-rounded individuals with an understanding of life-long learning. It is our mission to develop and provide the necessary resources to advise effectively in this environment as guided by the National Academic Advising Association.
The Department of Psychological Science partners with a number of community organizations to support students in practicum and projects and research. The department owes a special debt of gratitude to Alan E. Hall and Jeanne N. Hall who personally, and through their Endowment for Community Outreach, have supported our faculty members in their outreach work with students.
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Assessments and Reviews
Each year, the Department of Psychological Science is obligated to assess progress in reaching its goals as defined by its mission. The department's goals and student learning outcomes are found in the following document. The department also undergoes a review (including a self-study and external evaluation) approximately every five years, as dictated by the regents. Finally, a self-study was prepared in 2002 in response to the university's accreditation review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
One important question we address each year is whether students are learning targeted knowledge and skills specifically from their psychology courses. A variety of methodologies have been employed to allow inferences of what students had learned uniquely from their education in the Department of Psychological Science. The data from several studies suggest that much of students' knowledge of the discipline, its methods, and assumptions come directly from their experiences in the department.
Northwest Accreditation: Self Study
The university’s accreditation is periodically reviewed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) which is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
Regent’s Review Self Study
The department undergoes a review approximately every five years, as dictated by the Utah regents. The review process is a three semester one. In the first semester the department prepares a Self Study. During the second semester, four outside reviewers (selected with the approval of the Dean) read the self study and visit the department and interview various constituencies (faculty, staff, students, graduates, and community partners) in a site visit. The outside review team are asked to prepare a Reviewer’s Report in which areas of strengths and those in need of improvement are identified. In the final semester, the Department and the Dean prepares a Response to the Reviewers’ Report.