The goal of the Department of Psychology is to achieve breadth and depth of undergraduate education in psychology, within the context of a balanced liberal arts curriculum, for the purpose of providing a firm foundation for advanced training in the field or allied disciplines, or entrance into professions for which a background in psychology is appropriate. Pursuant to this, we seek:
- To educate our students in the major psychological perspectives--biological, cognitive, psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, and Christian--for the purpose of promoting in them a deeper appreciation and understanding of the conceptual and empirical bases of the discipline, and to provide them with a framework for understanding future developments in the field.
- To encourage our students to study in appropriate cognate disciplines, for the purpose of fostering in them an understanding of the place of psychology among the liberal arts.
- To train our students in scientific methods and data analysis, for the purpose of enabling them to think logically and critically, and in particular to understand, critique, and conduct psychological research.
- To enable our students effectively to present psychological research, using both the spoken and written word, for the purpose of making them full participants in the intellectual community.