The mission of the department is to engage students in the discovery of knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences. The undergraduate programs emphasize broadening and deepening students’ understanding of people, considered from the perspectives of the individual, group and society. An overarching goal is to engage students in the application of what they learn so that it enriches their personal lives, enhances their effectiveness in the workplace and stimulates their interest in pursuing responsible citizenship roles. The graduate programs in psychology build on the foundation of scientific discoveries in the core areas of the field and focus on the development of professional insights and skills necessary for becoming effective and productive practitioners, researchers and instructors.
- Provide high-quality undergraduate degree programs and courses that meet the educational needs of the general student population and those with majors or minors in psychology and sociology.
- Provide high-quality graduate programs that meet the educational needs of students who are seeking advanced training in psychology.
- Promote and publicize the growth and accomplishments of faculty and advanced students in their fields of expertise.
- Share the knowledge and expertise of students and faculty with others outside the university community.
- Incorporate innovation, technology and diverse instructional techniques into the curriculum.