Department of Psychology

Mission Statement

The mission of the psychology department is to support the University and the larger community. It does so by providing a diverse, dynamic, and personalized learning environment and experiences that inspire student achievement, foster academic excellence, instill ethics and values, promote service, and facilitate lifelong learning.

Psychology students will develop the knowledge, understanding, appreciation, discipline, and skill that will enable them to function personally and professionally as informed and socially responsible citizens. These are achieved through lectures, readings, research, laboratory experiences, writing assignments, discussions, service, and other personal and professional academic and scholarly activities.

The Psychology Department offers an academic major and minor. It serves students through courses that fulfill general education requirements as well as foundation requirements for other academic and professional programs.

Program Goals

To fulfill the department’s mission, our faculty members do the following.

  1. Provide superior classroom instruction on theories and concepts relevant to the science and application of psychology.
  2. Engage students in experimental psychology by providing relevant laboratory and supervised research experiences.
  3. Engage students in clinical/counseling psychology by providing relevant, supervised, professional practicum, service, and internship experiences.
  4. Provide classroom instruction and encourage activities which promote and facilitate critical thinking, moral and ethical reasoning, oral and written communication, and computer literacy.
  5. Provide classroom instruction and experiential activities to foster an understanding and appreciation of, and a respect for diversity across individuals and cultures.
  6. Provide academic advisement relevant to individual student needs.
  7. Promote and support the personal and professional development of students and colleagues.
  8. Promote and support service and social responsibility of students and colleagues.
  9. Meet or exceed the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association for the undergraduate psychology major (www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf).
    Learning Outcomes (as defined by APA guidelines for the psychology major1

Students will demonstrate proficiency in two categories of assessment.

  1. Knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychology
    1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
      Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
    2. Research Methods in Psychology
      Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination.
    3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
      Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
    4. Application of Psychology
      Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
    5. Values in Psychology
      Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  2. Knowledge, skills, and values consistent with liberal arts education that are further developed in psychology
    1. Information and Technological Literacy
      Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
    2. Communication Skills
      Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
    3. Sociocultural and International Awareness
      Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
    4. Personal Development
      Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
    5. Career Planning and Development
      Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

1. American Psychological Association. (2007). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major. Washington, DC: : Author. Retrieved from www.apa.org/ed/resources.html