Department Chair: Sheila O. Quinn, Ph.D.
Modern Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes and, as such, will interest anyone intrigued by the “why” of emotions, personal achievements, interpersonal interactions and cultural practices. Further, it is an invaluable resource for anyone planning a career in which success is dependent upon understanding human motivations. Ultimately, the science of behavior and mental processes enables us to take an objective approach to analyzing complex personal and social problems and separate valid ideas from pseudo-psychology.
Psychology helps students to understand themselves better, to grow as a result of the experience, and to gain a healthy respect for others. The science of behavior enables us to analyze complex personal and social problems and separate valid ideas from pseudo-psychology. Psychology also offers students an opportunity to study multifaceted issues that illuminate the total human experience. These issues include emotional and intellectual growth, developmental processes and changes throughout the life cycle, social forces affecting behavior, deviation from mental health, human cognition, the quantification and measurement of behavior, ways of learning, physical factors that influence actions, and what makes humans unique in this world.
In the courses offered by the department and, perhaps as important, in the personal one-on-one approach we take to our students’ education outside of the classroom, we strive to carry on the goals of the University Mission. Our goal is to nurture the enduring values of honesty, hard work, altruism, compassion, tolerance, and service necessary for harmonious living in today’s global family. The Psychology Department’s goal is to assist our students in developing the skills and drive they will need to prepare themselves for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.
Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Leading to the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Students who plan to earn a graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), may take advantage of a five-year program developed for undergraduates who qualify and are highly motivated. This program allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements within five years rather than the usual six years, studying full-time. Candidates for the program must apply by February 15 of their junior year. All acceptances are conditional on successfully completing the undergraduate degree. Students interested in pursuing a five-year program should contact their advisor as soon as they develop that interest.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:Minor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.Certificate