Psychology | Academic Advising Handbook

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 regard both as potentially valuable and appropriate. Our classes incorporate discipline-specific writing, professional skills, and opportunities for creative as well as critical thinking about applied problems. 

Psychology Department Goals

Based on the Guidelines of the American Psychological Association for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: 1) knowledge in psychology, 2) scientific inquiry and critical thinking, 3) ethic and social responsibility, 4) communication, and 5) professional development, the goals of the Psychology Department are to:

  • introduce students to the scientific approach and methods of critical analysis in the interpretation and evaluation of research and theory
  • develop cultural humility in understanding, service and research with diverse populations
  • present a selection of courses that typify the breadth of the discipline and the expertise of departmental faculty
  • instill cooperative learning strategies that enable students to participate effectively in group projects and in circumstances surrounding employment
  • polish student writing so that they communicate clearly, succinctly and with authority both in oral presentation and in essay form.
  • mentor and guide students' career choices by providing opportunity and instruction in basic and applied psychology through civic and community engagement, as well as allied health and service professions.

Psychology Major and Minor 

Psychology major requirements include options for a Bachelor of Arts (40 credits) or a Bachelor of Science (48 credits, requiring two additional natural sciences laboratory courses).