The Department of Psychology 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.
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.
The Department of Psychology will provide
students with a curriculum that reflects the wide variety of domains
subsumed under the broad discipline of Psychology, at both the
undergraduate and Master’s levels. In addition, students will have the
opportunity for more specialized experiences such as those provided
through faculty supervised proctoring, research, or the Clinical Psychology Area of Focus. Necessary groundings in quantitative techniques and
research methodology as well as critical topical realms that represent
Psychology will be provided. Students will be expected to develop an
understanding of the history and current trends of Psychology, as well
as a critical analysis of emerging ideas in the field. The background
provided will allow students to choose a career path focused within the
field of Psychology or pursue other professions demanding both the
skills of an educated person as well as an understanding of behavior.