Mission and Goals
Mission and Goals of the Psychology Department
The Psychology Department is committed to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. As both a science and a profession, psychology incorporates theories and principles based on empirical investigation to describe and predict behavior, to solve practical problems, and to promote human welfare. The Psychology Department offers a scientific perspective on human diversity, encourages self-knowledge, and helps students to develop critical thinking and communication skills in the tradition of a liberal arts and sciences. Psychology students are encouraged to use ethical and psychological understanding to promote a world that is more just, peaceful, and humane.
The Psychology program provides students with a solid foundation for entry into graduate programs leading to careers in academic and professional psychology. The study of psychology also provides excellent background for careers in other fields such as education, law, business, and the health-care professions. [Revised and updated April 2009]
Psychology Department Learning Goals