Psychology Department Mission/Vision



The Psychology Department serves a variety of students: those who have aspirations for advanced study, individuals who intend to pursue positions within psychology and related human services areas, and others who are interested in psychology for whatever personal application they might choose.  For the general education students and those seeking personal enrichment, the department stresses understanding and valuing the complexity and variety of human behavior and development.


For undergraduate majors and graduate students, psychology programs are designed to facilitate the acquisition of a coherent knowledge base within a specific discipline and to develop skills of clear thinking and effective communication.  Students are expected to be able to understand the relationship between theories, concepts and problem-oriented strategies, and to understand how to apply this knowledge in a variety of cultural contexts.  The department educates students in a manner that will both enhance their lives and prepare them to serve societal needs in a variety of applied fields.


To achieve these objectives, the faculty is committed to effective instruction, to personal professional growth, to student involvement in research and to community involvement through appropriate service.




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