The Undergraduate Major in Psychology at Talladega College


Purpose:                The purpose of the major in Psychology is to improve the analytical, writing, oral and reading skills of students which will help prepare them for graduate school and better prepare them for jobs/careers in their discipline.   


Use of Assessment Findings:             Results will be used to improve the curriculum and strengthen the psychology including the revisions of existing courses and development of new courses, where indicated to enhance the graduates’ success in advanced degree programs and employment.


Learning Outcomes

Expected Results

Assessment Methods

actual results


use of results


1.0    Students will learn basic psychological concepts such as learning styles, psychological disorders, personality theories, brain functions, psychosocial development, and states of consciousness. 

All students will b major

·         90% of the students will become proficient in their knowledge of the psychological concepts and principles.



·         Class discussions, research papers, oral presentations and writing assignments (see rubric)

??% of PSY100 students received a grade of “c” or better.  Although this should be an indication of proficiency, it is found to be too vague.

Assessment Method will be modified.


Develop Pre and Post exams for psychology students, which will enable a direct comparison of learning during the course of the initial exposure to psychology.


2.0    TC/PSY graduates will complete a minimum of 200 hours at a placement relevant to their field of study

·         100% of students will complete `PSY493 (Internship in Psychology) with a minimum grade of “B.”

·         Analysis of internship site evaluations, class discussions, written assignments, research, and oral presentations (see rubric)

50% of Psychology graduates completed all requirements of the PSY493 (Internship in Psychology) and received favorable evaluations from site supervisors

Optimal outcome achieved.  Revise curriculum to make it more challenging. Begin research component in fall prior to graduation.  Replace with another outcome.

3.0 All psychology students will develop moderate technological competence using online research methods, power point, and database retrieval. 

·         90% of the students will design a research project, complete and prepare a written and oral presentation.

·         Research projects, oral presentations, and power point demonstrations (see rubric).

75% of psychology students completed research papers.  Resources not available for power point presentations

Revise curriculum pattern to ensure that students are more prepared for writing and research component of course before assigning research projects.