Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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Psychology is the scientific study of the psychological, biological, and contextual determinants of human behavior. The Psychology major at UW Tacoma is shaped by the concept that psychology is a liberal art as well as a rigorous social science. As a program we value the philosophical, historical and cultural traditions that inform psychology, including feminism, existentialism, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. We are also firmly committed to interdisciplinary, meaning that students should be able to synthesize material across disciplines. The curriculum is designed for students who plan to work as professional psychologists and thus need a sound preparation for graduate study; for students who plan a career in any field dealing primarily with people, such as nursing, teaching, social work, guidance, and human resources; or for those who desire a well-rounded education and thus need a basic knowledge and understanding of human experience and behavior.

TPSYCH student learning outcomes

Upon completion of your degree, students in the Psychology major should:

  • Be familiar with the major theoretical approaches and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand the core concepts and methodologies of psychology, including what scientific psychology is, the contributions and limitations of different methods of empirical research and be able to apply research methods, including design, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Be able to read and interpret psychological research verbally and in writing.
  • Understand that human behavior may have some common determinants and also great diversity including individual differences and variations based on differences such as culture, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation. Maintain awareness and sensitivity to diverse populations.
  • Be able to synthesize theories and methodologies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Understand the application of psychological principles to the understanding of social issues.