The mission of the Department of Psychology is to achieve excellence in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, the generation of new knowledge through research and scholarship, and the provision of service to the university, local region, state, nation, and international communities.
The specific mission of the undergraduate program in Psychology is to provide students with an understanding of a) the mental structures and processes that underlie individual human experience and behavior, b) the scientific methodologies by which such a knowledge base is acquired, c) the critical thinking skills and skeptical inquiry necessary to evaluate scientific and popular claims concerning behavior, and d) the application of scientific psychological principles to personal and social issues. For a subgroup of our undergraduate majors (particularly those intending to continue into graduate study), we also seek to provide in-depth research apprenticeships in our faculty’s laboratories.
The specific mission of each of our graduate program areas is to educate and train students for careers in scientific psychological research, with the outcome being graduates who will produce and apply scientific knowledge in their research, teaching, and (for those who pursue careers in applied clinical psychology) in their clinical work.
The major goals of our Department are:
- to provide excellent education in the basics of psychology to our undergraduates.
- to train and prepare our graduate students for careers in scientific psychology and scientifically-based professional practice.
- to carry out these educational goals in the context of a research-oriented department founded on the principles of scholarly excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, and wide-ranging service.