Psychology is a scientific field devoted to understanding the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. Some areas of psychology are devoted to studying neurophysiology, sensory processes, perception, cognition, and motivation, while other areas focus on the nature of development, personality, mental disorders, cultural diversity, and social influence. Psychology is also a profession offering careers that involve basic scientific research, as well as applied work relevant to such areas as education, health, industry, criminal justice, and international relations.
The Department of Psychology promotes an understanding of major theories and findings from psychological science, an appreciation of the scientific principles from which this knowledge is derived, and the creative and ethical application of psychology to real-world contexts. The department offers the opportunity for students to learn and practice the reasoning, methodological, and analytical skills relevant to psychological science. These experiences provide students with a foundation for success in further graduate study or other advanced work. The department provides sound general education for students seeking an empirical understanding of behavior and diversity. The department facilitates student success in community and professional service as well as advanced study in psychology and related disciplines.
The Department of Psychology will engage students and exemplify lifelong learning with exemplary teaching and scholarship activities. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology will be stewards of responsible community and professional leadership. The department will contribute to the public good by shaping a citizenry that is sensitive to the complexities of human development, thought and behavior.