Overview of Programs
Our program is designed to foster an understanding and the practical application of the theories, skills, and values within the science of psychology.
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.
To fulfill the department’s mission, our faculty members do the following:
- Provide superior classroom instruction on theories and concepts relevant to the science and application of psychology.
- Engage students in experimental psychology by providing relevant laboratory and supervised research experiences.
- Engage students in clinical/counseling psychology by providing relevant, supervised, professional practicum, service, and internship experiences.
- Provide classroom instruction and encourage activities which promote and facilitate critical thinking, moral and ethical reasoning, oral and written communication, and computer literacy.
- Provide classroom instruction and experiential activities to foster an understanding and appreciation of, and a respect for, diversity across individuals and cultures.
- Provide academic advisement relevant to individual student needs.
- Promote and support the personal and professional development of students and colleagues.
- Promote and support service and social responsibility of students and colleagues.
- Meet or exceed the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association for the undergraduate psychology major (www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/undergraduate-major.aspx).
Department/Program Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes (as defined by APA guidelines for the psychology major)¹
Students will broadly demonstrate proficiency and achievement in the following five (5) goals.
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
1.3 Describe applications of psychology
Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy
2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels
Goal 4: Communication
4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
4.3 Interact effectively with others
Goal 5: Professional Development
5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
5.3 Refine project-management skills
5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity
5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation
¹ American Psychological Association. (2013). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major: Version 2.0. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/undergrad/index.aspx