The Discipline of Psychology seeks to develop graduates who are well prepared to proceed to graduate training or to employment. The faculty perceives its responsibility as going beyond instruction, to challenge and to stimulate students, and to develop students' commitment to academic excellence, social responsibility, and professionalism. The ultimate aim is to facilitate acquisition of knowledge and experience on which students may build in order to make significant contributions to psychology as a profession and assume leadership roles within their communities.

Psychology is a basic science of human behavior and mental processes. The goals of the Psychology Department are:

- to contribute to the understanding of humanity through scientific inquiry into the behavior of living organisms by means of a range of research methods
- to provide fundamental training for mental health practitioners or professionals and researchers in the field of human behavior and development

Students who complete the psychology program will be able to:

- define and use appropriately the important concepts of contemporary psychology;
- identify the major historical and contemporary theories of psychology;

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Chair's Welcome Statement

The disciplines of psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and homeland security comprise the Department of Behavioral Sciences. All of these disciplines share a common focus—human behavior. While each discipline examines human behavior from a different perspective, together they answer the questions that many of us ask about thoughts, actions, and interactions. We welcome you to explore our course offerings as you select and pursue a major. We invite you to engage in the learning experiences that will equip you with the critical knowledge, tools, and skills needed to attain your academic and career goals.

Academic Discipline

We strive to cultivate an inclusive community that values diverse questions, viewpoints, approaches, and participant samples to foster ingenuity, challenge biases, and promote intellectual growth.