Apa Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

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APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

APA GUIDELINES FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR
APA Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies Members Jane S. Halonen (Chair), University of West Florida Drew C. Appleby, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis Charles L. Brewer, Furman University & the APA Board of Directors William Buskist, Auburn University Angela R. Gillem, Arcadia University Diane Halpern, Claremont McKenna College G. William Hill IV, Kennesaw State University Margaret A. Lloyd, Georgia Southern University & the APA Board of Educational Affairs Jerry L. Rudmann, Coastline Community College Valjean M. Whitlow, Belmont University

APA Staff Liaisons
Bernard C. Beins Martha Boenau Maureen McCarthy

The APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major was approved by the APA Council of Representatives in August 2006. It is available online at www.apa.org/ed/resources.html.

Printed single copies are available from: Precollege and Undergraduate Education Education Directorate American Psychological Association 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 202-336-6140 E-mail: Education@apa.org

Suggested bibliographic reference: American Psychological Association. (2007). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from www.apa.org/ed/resources.html ii

Copyright © 2007 by the American Psychological Association. This material may be photocopied and distributed without permission provided that acknowledgment is given to the American Psychological Association. This material may not be reprinted, translated, or distributed electronically without prior permission in writing from the publisher. For permission, contact APA, Rights and Permissions, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

CONTENTS
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Why Do We Need the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Assumptions Underlying the Undergraduate Learning Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Use of the Term Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Process of Developing the Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Resource Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major . . . 9 Structure of the Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent With the Science and Application of Psychology . . . . . . . 11 Goal 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Goal 2: Research Methods in Psychology . . . . . . . . . . 13 Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology . . . . . . 14 Goal 4: Application of Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Goal 5: Values in Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Knowledge, Skills, and Values Consistent With Liberal Arts Education That Are Further Developed in Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Goal 6: Information and Technological Literacy . . . . . 17 Goal 7: Communication Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Goal 8: Sociocultural and International Awareness . . 20 Goal 9: Personal Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Goal 10: Career Planning and Development . . . . . . . . . 21 iii

PREFACE

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