Psychology is the empirical analysis of mind and behavior. The department members believe that reliable knowledge of psychological processes represents a necessary condition for meaningful action in the world. Virtually all disciplines benefit from attention to psychological variables. Psychology is a versatile, inherently interdisciplinary, and multi-methodological enterprise.
The Department’s mission is to engender the kind of student who possesses a diverse and clear understanding of the major concepts, traditions, and findings within the field of modern psychology. Our goal is to mentor students to think critically and independently; who are well versed in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies; and who regard both as potentially valuable and appropriate. Our classes incorporate discipline-specific writing, professional skills, and opportunities for creative and critical thinking about applied problems.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of psychology
- Establish scientific reasoning and problem-solving abilities, including knowledge of effective research methods
- Cultivate an awareness of evidence-based interventions and practices that enhance socially responsible action at the institutional and individual level
- Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection as well as project-management and teamwork skills for career preparation