The Psychology Department objectives are to assist students in the development of the following skills and abilities:
- Familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and the historical trends in psychology.
- Understanding and application of basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Respect for and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Understanding and application of psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Ability to weigh evidence, act ethically, and conduct oneself in a manner reflective of the professionalism of psychology.
- Recognition, understanding, and respect for the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.
- Insight into one's own and others' behavior and mental processes and application of effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
Students completing a major in Psychology can earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis) or a Bachelor of Science Degree (Psychology with a Scientific Emphasis, Psychology with a Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis).