Psychology

Department Chair: Robert Kachelski

Faculty: Vimbayi Chinopfukutwa, Erin Donohue, Benjamin Faber, Aubrey Immelman, Amanda Jantzer, Robert Kachelski, Michael Livingston, Rodger Narloch, Scott Palmer, Laura Sinville, Linda Tennison, Blaine Tomkins, 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)

Foundations courses (12 credits): 111, 221, 235;
Processes (8 credits) from courses: 320, 330, 331, 340;
Paths and Contexts (8 credits) from courses: 350, 360, 380, 381;
Capstone (4 credits) from courses: 392, 393, 396, 398;
Elective courses (12 credits): Any PSYC course counts as an elective course.  These could be additional classes from Processes, Paths and Contexts and Capstone beyond your minimum requirements; these could also come from the few pre-approved non-PSYC courses: ECON 392, EDUC 379A, EXHS 202, POLS 350. If PSYC 311 is taken as an elective, then EXHS 202 cannot also be counted toward the major.

Special Requirements:
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. The psychology department also engages in a process of annual assessment in which all majors are expected to participate.

Minor (20 credits)

Required Courses:
111 plus 16 credits in psychology.

Courses (PSYC)