Mission Statement

The mission of the department of psychology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University is to provide a premier liberal arts undergraduate psychology education. Consistent with our mission and the Benedictine traditions of CSB/SJU, 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 and communication skills in a collaborative environment. In addition, we strive to foster the personal and professional growth of men and women 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/or 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.