Welcome to the Psychology Department

Program Description:
Psychology is about people's behavior and about people's experience. Psychologists teach and do research or applied work. Psychology covers a wide range of topics, from the way our social environment influences us to the inner workings of our bodies. This diversity of topics is reflected in the psychology curriculum.

The Department of Psychology sees its mission as offering a solid foundation in the theories and scientific methods of psychology to diverse and nontraditional students who choose to study Psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level. The department offers courses in aspects of the empirical knowledge base of scientific psychology and applied psychology for psychology majors and graduate students. Furthermore, the department helps meet the needs of those studying other subjects, such as Human Services majors, Liberal Studies majors, people minoring in Psychology, and other individuals. The department sees its mission as offering these educational experiences within a framework which values and encourages diversity. Within this broad mission, the department develops, evaluates, and alters, as needed, a set of specific goals and objectives for the psychology major.

The department publishes its goals and objectives for all Psychology students to review. It also engages in an ongoing Outcomes Assessment program to evaluate its success in achieving these goals and objectives. Psychology majors are required to participate in the Outcomes Assessment program in order to evaluate both the effectiveness of the department and student competencies.

Roadmaps to Graduation (undergraduate students)

Academic Advising:
The Psychology Department Sears Center in SBS B-241B and the faculty provide advising for the psychology major, minor, and electives as well as General Education advisement for psychology majors.

Students who are contemplating or have decided upon a major or minor in psychology or who have interest in taking psychology courses as electives should see an advisor in the Psychology Department Sears Center at their first opportunity. It is in each students best interest to see a peer advisor at least once a semester and to keep his or her files in the Sears Center up to date.

Career Possibilities:
In addition to preparing students for graduate study in psychology and other professions, an undergraduate degree can lead directly to employment in business and industry, education, counseling, human services, and several other areas.

Psychology courses also can be used to develop and strengthen adaptive or intellectual skills, and add to students' knowledge base and facilitate development of behavioral traits and attitudes linked to career success. The adaptive skills that are most directly fostered within the psychology curriculum are: interpersonal and human relations skills, thinking and problem solving skills, communication skills.

Psychology is an excellent major or minor for students who are interested in careers in management, communication, marketing or other positions that require understanding of human behavior and human interactions. Many students who are interested in careers in law or medicine choose a psychology degree for their undergraduate major. The psychology degree is pursued by many students who wish to engage in graduate study in psychology at the master's or doctoral degree level as preparation for careers in mental health, psychological research, industrial and organizational psychology and college teaching. Additional competencies recommended for the major include computer literacy and a second language.

See our Undergraduate [PDF] and Graduate [PDF] Student Learning Outcomes now online.