Program Information

Liberal Arts Degree

Augustana offers a unique liberal arts degree. "Liberal arts" can be a confusing term. In practice it describes a core set of courses taken in addition to the courses for your program. This is called the Augustana Core.

Through the Augustana Core, students take a variety of courses that:

  • encourage engagement with the world around them
  • expand their knowledge and the ways they think about problems
  • develop research, communication and thinking skills

The Augustana Core is how students become well-rounded. This is the great advantage of a liberal arts degree.

The most important aspect of a liberal arts degree is that students develop the skills to think outside the box. Augustana courses teach students to think in critical, intersectional, and broad ways.

A student observing and interacting with a young child for Psychology research.

4-Year Roadmap

Created by Augustana Psychology faculty, the 4-Year Roadmap is a guide to the required courses to obtain your Psychology degree in 4 years. The roadmap is a useful tool when used in conjunction with the Academic Calendar as well as the Psychology Academic Advisor.

The psychological principles I learned, I still use in my everyday work for the Alberta government.

Download the Roadmap PDF

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Psychology program at Augustana will. . .

Be well-versed in psychological topics

Students will understand and use different worldviews, concepts, language, and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.

Students will:

  1. identify the primary objectives of psychology: to describe, understand, and predict/explain human thought and action.
  2. apply psychological principles to a broad array of individual, social, political, and cultural issues.
  3. articulate major psychological approaches, their differences, and their applications.

Be critical thinkers

Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking and intellectual engagement that includes careful deliberation, openness to alternative perspectives, and a tolerance for ambiguity.

Students will:

  1. evaluate the quality and credibility of information in academic and popular media reports of psychological research.
  2. use reasoning to develop, defend, and critique arguments.
  3. identify and challenge common fallacies in thinking.
  4. recognize and tolerate ambiguity amongst opposing credible viewpoints.
  5. think creatively to develop new, alternative, and integrative perspectives on human thought and action.

Be skilled researchers

Students will read, understand, use, and evaluate psychological research.

Students will:

  1. distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research designs and determine when each is appropriate.
  2. articulate strengths and limitations of various research designs.
  3. generate appropriate and concrete research hypotheses.
  4. evaluate and interpret research data.
  5. accurately interpret graphs, tables, and statistical tests.
  6. recognize the necessity of ethical behavior in all aspects of the practice of psychology.
  7. locate, identify, and select appropriates sources, such as primary versus secondary sources, empirical versus non-empirical sources, and peer-reviewed versus non peer-reviewed sources.

Be effective communicators

Students will be able to present their ideas and arguments about psychology in a cogent and professional manner appropriate to purpose and context.

Students will:

  1. clearly articulate concepts and theories in written form.
  2. show effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., group discussion, debate, lecture) and for various purposes (e.g., informing, defending, explaining, persuading, arguing, teaching).
  3. give professional presentations in psychology.
  4. demonstrate professional writing conventions (e.g., grammar, audience awareness, formality, use of APA style) appropriate to purpose and context.

With thanks to St Mary's College Maryland for such a clear model of an effective goals and objective statement. Our statement of goals and outcomes was influenced by the Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major published by the American Psychological Association. We would like to acknowledge Kyla Sawden's contribution of the phrase "question deeply, think broadly".

Students in a fourth year Psychology course engaging in lecture and small group discussion.
Students in a fourth year Psychology course engaging in lecture and small group discussion.