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Mission and Objectives of the BYU Idaho Psychology Program

Mission Statement
The purpose of the BYU-Idaho Psychology program is to use the study of behavior, mental states and processes to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and modify their own behavior and goals in the light of LDS standards and psychological principles. The courses are designed to ensure that students develop a foundation for further psychology inquiry, enhance their understanding of the relationship of psychology to other disciplines, and provide means by which the principles of psychology can be used to improve life and give more meaningful service to others.

Psychology Department Target Outcomes

1. Students will be prepared to find employment and to be effective employees.
2. Students will be prepared for further education and training.
3. Students will have a knowledge base of psychology: students will be able to explain major psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
4. Students will apply research methods in psychology: for example, research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
5. Students will think critically in psychology and use rigorous inquiry to answer questions regarding behavior and mental processes within a gospel framework.  
6. Students will apply psychological principles to personal, social, educational, and organizational issues.
7. Students will have established values in psychology: students will weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically in psychology within the framework of the gospel.
8. Students will use information and technology: students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
9. Students will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
10.Students will describe how sociocultural and international diversity relate to psychology.