Psychology is a diverse and highly interdisciplinary field of study that involves the application of systematic methods of inquiry to the exploration of behavior, mental processes, and social relationships. The Center for Psychology has as its mission to educate students in the core knowledge and skills of the discipline of psychology, together with Goucher’s unique perspective that reflects a history and tradition of respecting diverse viewpoints and methods and connections with other traditions and disciplines. This education contributes to the overall mission of the college as a liberal arts institution, “to prepare students within a broad and humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking.”
Across the varied perspectives represented in our 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, social justice, active involvement in research, collaborative construction of knowledge, and self-directed exploration. Students cultivate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will position them well to facilitate their own and others’ holistic development and well-being.
Towards these ends, the Center for Psychology has identified seven guiding principles for its undergraduate curriculum. Our program is designed to facilitate students’ development of the following skills and knowledge: Students who major in psychology will:
- 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.