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What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior (observable actions) and mental processes (thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs). An undergraduate psychology degree provides you with a strong background in communication skills, critical thinking, scientific methodology, ethics and diversity – skills that are in high demand in the workplace.

Our department offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level that foster the study of human behavior from its biological roots to its cultural context in settings that range from experimental laboratories to psychotherapy clinics to offices of international business. Psychology majors are welcomed by a number of people-oriented fields, both public and private.

The department is home to experienced faculty with a diverse range of specialties, including clinical, developmental, cognitive, social, behavioral, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and health psychology, and includes award-winning researchers.

As an undergraduate psychology major, you may choose from either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Our graduate program offers a Master of Arts degree in either clinical or experimental psychology. Follow the links for details about any of our programs, our faculty and staff, or our course offerings.

The department's formal mission statement can be viewed here.