Mission & Vision

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.

Students in Class
Students in Psychology course


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.


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.