Department Chair: Pamela Bacon
Faculty: Pamela Bacon, Benjamin Faber, Jan Holtz, Aubrey Immelman, Robert Kachelski, Michael Livingston, Rodger Narloch, Lisa Platt, Laura Sinville, Stephen Stelzner, Linda Tennison, Richard Wielkiewicz.
Psychology is a discipline defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Our curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate questions important to the human condition from a scientific perspective, emphasizing clear thinking, communication skills, and ethical judgment. In addition, we strive to foster the personal and professional growth of students in our department by offering extensive and varied opportunities for integrative experiential learning, including faculty/student collaborative research, teaching practicum, service learning, and on- and off-campus internships.
Our goal is to produce graduates with a high level of reflective, critical, and complex thinking skills derived from their knowledge of the basic principles and methodology in both traditional and emerging branches of psychology. They will be well prepared to pursue advanced training and rewarding careers in psychology and related disciplines, and to be active and engaged lifelong learners prepared to make positive contributions to the people and world around them.
Major (44 credits)
Required of all majors: 111, 221, 235;
12 credits from: 320, 330, 331, 340, 350;
4 credits from the following list of capstone courses: 392, 393, 396, 398, 399;
Plus electives for a total of 44 psychology credits.
The department recommends that 111, 221, and 235 be taken in sequence during the first and second years. These courses are prerequisites for full acceptance to the major. Also, all 300-level courses require 111. Many 300-level courses also require 221 and 235 as prerequisites. The psychology department also engages in a process of annual assessment in which all majors are expected to participate.
All majors should obtain a copy of the Handbook for Psychology Students from their faculty advisor, another Psychology Department faculty member, or the department coordinator. The Handbook for Psychology Students is also distributed in PSYC 235. In addition, an electronic copy of the Handbook for Psychology Students is available on the Psychology Department website.
Minor (20 credits)
111 plus 16 credits in psychology.