Minor questions about research methods
Though the undergraduate psychology major has increasingly become the focus of scholarly and professional efforts, the psychology minor has received little sustained attention. With interest in and applications of psychology continuing to grow, proactively managing and assessing the psychology minor may produce far-reaching benefits. In this study, we examined the curricula from 50 flagship universities and found that, while the majority of them offer a psychology minor, none publicly declare specific goals or learning outcomes for the program. In addition, fewer than half of those minor programs require a research methods course. We also asked both students and faculty to assess the curriculum and goals of a proposed psychology minor program and found that students and faculty appear to differ in their thinking about the psychology minor; students favor an emphasis on interpersonal skill development, while faculty favor an emphasis on research skill development.
Jurs, Bethany S., Timothy K. Daugherty, and Mya Bowen. "Minor Questions about Research Methods." North American Journal of Psychology 19, no. 3 (2017).
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