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OUTCOMES and GOALS

Psychology’s versatility – its relevance to so many facets of everyday life – makes it a terrific major to prepare for a variety of fields. U.S. News & World Report lists numerous psychology-related professions on its list of the 100 Best Jobs. An Albright psychology degree produces positive outcomes both while you’re a student here and after you’ve graduated:

  • The great majority of Albright psychology students who apply are accepted to graduate school.
  • Approximately 50% of Albright psychology students complete an internship in a psychology-related field.
  • Psychology students complete at least one major research project, conferring important, in-demand skills they can use in grad school and their careers.
  • Each year, 7 to 15 psychology students present research at regional or national conferences, each receiving up to $750 to fund their travel expenses.
  • Detailed career and graduate school information can be found here.

The mission of the Albright College Psychology department is to strive for implementation of the American Psychological Association goals; implementation and integration of those goals within the context of the liberal arts tradition of Albright College; to prepare student to use their knowledge of the field in the diverse futures they face upon graduation. 

  1. Theory and Content of Psychology — Students will demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.

  2. Research Methods in Psychology — Students will comprehend  and have the ability to implement basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.

  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — Students will gain appreciation for and engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, employ the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.

  4. Application of Psychology — Students will know and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues through community service experiences and student internships.

  5. Values in Psychology — Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.(APA Guideline, Goal 5)

  6. Information and Technological Literacy — (A) Students will exhibit competence in information science assessed according to the ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards and (B) have the ability to utilize computers and relevant software programs necessary to function in an entry level professional position or in a graduate school program.

  7. Communication Skills — Students will demonstrate competence in effective interpersonal communication including written, verbal, and non verbal forms.  They will recognize, respect, and adjust to other people’s ways of communicating, learning, and doing things.

  8. Sociocultural and International Awareness — Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity, realizing it is impossible to fully understand a person without understanding her or his culture, ethnic Identity, gender identity and other important sociocultural factors.

  9. Personal Development — Students will develop insight into the behaviors and mental processes of themselves and others and be able to apply effective strategies for self management and self-improvement.

  10. Career Planning and Development — Students will emerge from this program with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.