Psychology is a “writing-in-the-major” undergraduate program (WIMP). Every psychology course requires that students write; however, the type of writing varies by instructor and course content. By completing the psychology major, students fulfill the “writing emphasis” component of the UW-L general education requirements. Strong communication skills including writing and oral presentation represent key hallmarks of a liberally educated person and comprise one of the American Psychological Associations' goals for the undergraduate major.
UW-L psychology instructors will indicate the extent to which your papers must conform to APA style (6th Ed.). Some courses, notably 331 and 451, require a research paper submitted following proscribed APA research paper elements (as if you were going to submit the paper for publications). Many courses will have papers that will require APA referencing style. Some instructors may require APA referencing and a few selected other stylistic elements. Some papers will not require any APA style elements. However, if you have any questions about style elements, it is safest to assume APA 6th edition style and consult with your instructor.
UW-L's Psychology Department provides feedback to students regarding communication on several key elements:
group projects are required, faculty may also provide feedback on the extent to
which the project reflected equity and cohesion among group members.
Additional guidance on each of these elements is provided in the two primary documents below:
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