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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives


Clinical Psychology

This major is intended for students interested in entering graduate, professional, or medical school in mental health or human services and/or wanting to work with psychiatric patients.

Upon completing a Clinical Psychology major, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical presentations and core features of the major mental/psychological disorders in adults.
  2. Describe and discuss the possible etiologies/causes of the major mental/psychological disorders in adults, in biological, psychological, and social terms.
  3. Describe approaches to treatment of the major mental/psychological disorders in adults, in biological, psychological and social terms.
  4. Compare and contrast different approaches to treatments of the major mental disorders in adults: cognitive-behavioral approaches, psychodynamic approaches, biological approaches, and others.
  5. Read and critically evaluate original journal articles related to clinical psychological topics.
  6. Be knowledgeable about the American Psychological Association (APA) ethics guidelines, and be able to apply them to clinical scenarios.
  7. Collect and interpret clinical and neuropsychological data of patients with mental illness.
  8. Gain an understanding of basic quantitative and analytic methods used for scientific investigation in psychology, including those related to probability, tests of frequency, correlation, t-tests, and analysis of variance (ANOVA.)
  9. Employ oral and visual communication skills for reporting and discussing clinical data and case studies.
  10. Use written, graphic, and verbal skills to organize and communicate clinical data in a clear, standardized fashion.
  11. Apply biopsychosocial models of behavior and thought to understanding mental illness in a real-world clinical, clinical research, or community setting.

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