Psychology Mission and Outcomes


The mission of Clarke University’s Psychology Department is to engage students in an academically rigorous program that instructs them in the scientific intricacies of behavior and mental processes so that they can apply this knowledge to better understand themselves and the world around them. In turn, students will be able to affect positive change in our diverse and global society. Students are taught to engage in lifelong interpersonal and intrapersonal dialogue that will foster professional, spiritual, scholarly, and scientific growth.

The Psychology program strongly emphasizes the development of analytic and expressive skills that are the basis of investigation, evaluation, and communication in this socially responsible field. Students are encouraged to use the strong interpersonal relationships the Psychology Department faculty builds with them as a model for the qualities of respect, caring, and social justice essential to success in their future careers.

  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology
    Students will describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology. Students will furthermore develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains and describe applications of psychology.

  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
    Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, demonstrate psychology information literacy, and engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving. Students will furthermore interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research and incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
    Students will apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice, build and enhance interpersonal relationships, and adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

  4. Communication
    Students will effectively demonstrate writing and presentation skills in multiple settings, and successfully interact with others.

  5. Professional Development
    Students will apply psychological content and skills to career goals, exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation, and refine project management skills. Students will furthermore enhance teamwork capacity and develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
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