Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Neff Hall 388 ~ 260-481-6403 ~ ipfw.edu/psyc
The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to understand the major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and to use the scientific approach to understand behavior.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science (e.g., value of empirical evidence, tolerance for ambiguity, ethics in research, teaching, and practice).
- Students will demonstrate the ability to apply concepts, information, and skills learned in psychology courses to their lives and work.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively locate and evaluate sources of information.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to express themselves effectively in the discourse of the discipline.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to understand people from a diverse range of backgrounds and varying demographic characteristics such as age, race, disability, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, religion, and cognitive abilities.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to make decisions about future employment or graduate education.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology is for the person seeking a career in psychology or a closely related field. The degree program provides a liberal-arts education in psychology as well as preparation for graduate school. A current IPFW student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to declare psychology as a major. After two consecutively-enrolled semesters in which a psychology major’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will no longer be eligible to be a psychology major. Two subsequent consecutive semesters with the cumulative GPA at or above 2.0 will permit a student to petition for reinstatement as a psychology major.
To earn the B.A. with a major in psychology, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), in addition to fulfilling the following requirements: