Across the varied perspectives represented in the Psychology Department, we strive to create an open, supportive, challenging and vibrant learning culture. We value sharing our passion for the field of psychology through close and active mentoring inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage and model experiential learning in the form of community engagement, active involvement in research, collaborative construction of knowledge, and self-directed exploration. We provide students with the tools needed for the development of more sophisticated insight into one's own and others' behavior and mental processes.

Towards these ends, the Psychology Department has identified seven guiding principles for its undergraduate curriculum. Our program is designed to facilitate students' development of the following skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrate understanding and competence regarding the use of research methodology in psychology.
  • Communicate effectively as it pertains to the study and practice of psychology.
  • Engage the world outside the classroom to use and/or inform one's knowledge of psychology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Develop critical consciousness and an appreciation of a variety of ways of knowing.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity as played out in psychology and related fields.
  • Develop an ethical framework with regard to the study and practice of psychology.

Writing and Computer Proficiency

To fulfill the requirement of writing proficiency in the major, students must demonstrate proficiency in writing in either PSY 252 or 255. Computer proficiency can be obtained by successfully completing PSY 200 and 252 or 255.

Majors, Minors & Programs of Study