Departmental mission statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to structure coursework and field placements to integrate experiential learning with the rigorous study of psychology as the scientific study of human beings. The department’s curriculum does not emphasize any single school of thought. Instead, it provides a broad-based education in psychology that gives students completing the program the skills and self-confidence to use a variety of perspectives in their work with people.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Examine and interpret human lives and relationships through several major psychological perspectives.
    • Successful completion of several study areas in the curriculum: e.g. developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology/psychopathology
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the importance of empirical research as the primary source of knowledge in the field of psychology
    • Satisfactorily complete Statistics and Research Methods courses.
  • Apply knowledge of psychology in a field experiences that will prepare them for entry level positions in human services professions and/or graduate study in psychology and related fields.
    • Satisfactory completion of a 150-300 hour internship
  • Demonstrate skills in research, writing, and oral communication
    • Satisfactory completion and presentation of a senior thesis paper