The Department of Social Sciences shall become a leading department in the region, exemplifying the highest intellectual standards offered in leading universities throughout the world.
The mission of the Psychology Program is to provide students with high quality education by engaging them in inquiry-driven learning and by developing their critical thinking, effective communication, and consensus building skills. The program prepares students to lead successful careers in Psychology including careers in teaching, research and clinical services and enables them to pursue their studies beyond the baccalaureate degree.
The Psychology Program will prepare students to:
- Develop student fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology and develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
- Develop and use scientific reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving, including effective research methods.
- Develop understanding of the major ethical issues associated with psychological research, professional behavior and practice.
- Develop professional lexicon, competence in writing and in oral communication skills.
- Promote application of psychological content and skills, reflective practice, teamwork, and career preparation.
Students who complete the Psychology Program will:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation .
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Educate students about weighing evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a field of study.
- Provide students with the needed training to be able to demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and twenty-first century information technology.
- Train students to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
- Provide students with the needed skills to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
- Help student to develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
- Enhance student’s capacities with respect to how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the major, students will be able to:
- Explain why psychology is a science.
- Identify and explain the primary objectives of psychology: describing, understanding, predicting, and controlling behavior and mental processes.
- Compare and contrast the assumptions and methods of psychology with those of other disciplines.
- Describe how various research designs address different types of questions and hypotheses.
- Articulate strengths and limitations of various research designs, including distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
- Locate and use relevant databases, research, and theory to plan, conduct, and interpret results of research studies.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand the stages of human development and the practical skills needed to apply this understanding to their professional work.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand individual differences, including the challenges facing individuals with disabilities.
- Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, tolerance for ambiguity, and intellectual engagement.
- Use scientific principles and evidence to resolve conflicting claims.
- Develop sound arguments based on reasoning and evidence.
- Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems related to psychological tests and measurements, psychology-based interventions in clinical, counseling, educational, industrial/organizational, community, and other settings and their empirical evaluation and the resolution of interpersonal and intercultural conflicts.
- Demonstrate proficiency in counseling and therapeutic techniques, including intervention techniques.
- Demonstrate the capacity to identify and remediate psychological challenges facing their clients.
The psychology program prepares students to complete graduate studies in psychology, participate in psychological and social research, and work in different careers related to psychological assistance, psychological measurement, recruiting and training in different labor fields and institutions. They can also graduate from the program of psychology to provide assistance for both the family, the child, the adolescent, the elderly couples, and groups in different settings.. This and many other jobs in psychiatric hospitals, prevention and intervention in the field of health, addiction, sports, mass media, education, and in all associations, institutions, and profit organizations.