The causes and consequences of behavior and the study of mind and experience are at the center of investigations in psychology. Students may choose among several areas of interest within the discipline of psychology.
The Psychology Department offers the student many opportunities for independent study and research in a variety of settings. Recent graduates have participated in community mental health programs, outpatient facilities for the mentally ill, and centers for the elderly and the terminally ill. In addition, psychology majors can pursue research as an assistant to faculty or design and implement their own research under the guidance of the members of the faculty. Formal internships, field studies, part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities exist within the local community.
The Department seeks to provide a course of study consistent with liberal arts ideals. Students are strongly encouraged to become independent producers of original thought in addition to being intelligent consumers of information generated by others.