As the scientific study of the mind and behavior, psychology investigates the processes that underlie cognitive functions and the behaviors which these processes influence.Psychology has as its goal the understanding of individuals and social groups, and the psychological knowledge it derives has application to a variety of areas of human activity. The majority of psychologists practice in clinical and school settings. Some are employed in fields related to health and well-being, sports, marketing, consumer behavior, industry and human development and aging. Others do scientific research on a wide range of topics related to mental processes and behavior.
The goal of the Psychology Department is to provide students majoring in psychology with (a) systematic knowledge of psychological theory and content (b) an understanding of the methodological approaches and ethical issues encountered in psychological research, (c) the ability to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues, and (d) the preparation to live and work in a multicultural and global society.With respect to this goal, the department offers a curriculum which includes a varied array of content and methodology courses.These courses are offered in small classes in which faculty and students share responsibility for the learning enterprise. A laboratory facility outfitted with computers and a networked printer is available for student projects, course-related simulations, and data analysis.
The department offers students the opportunity for internships and independent study. Students who qualify may apply to join Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. Students also have the opportunity to graduate with Psychology Department Honors by successfully completing PSY 490 Honors Thesis and meeting a minimum Psychology GPA of 3.5.
The Psychology major requires a minimum of 34 credits with a maximum of 41 credits in an academic program which includes the following required courses:
- PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 cr.
- PSY 111 - Psychology Colloquium 1 cr.
- PSY 230 - Psychological Statistics 3 cr.
- PSY 330 - Experimental Psychology 4 cr.
- PSY 372 - Junior Reading Seminar: Topics in Psychological Research 3 cr.
In addition to the required courses, students select seven to nine elective courses to complete the Psychology major. In consultation with their advisor, students are encouraged to choose electives appropriate to their educational and vocational goals.
A minor in Psychology consists of 18 credits, including PSY 110 - General Psychology.
For course descriptions, visit the catalog.