Our mission is to further the understanding of human behavior, thinking, and emotion through teaching, research, and service. This mission includes the discovery and dissemination of laws and principles pertaining to both individual and group psychological functioning. Great effort is also expended in developing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We desire that these students be equipped with the knowledge and methods that will place them at the forefront of progress in the psychological disciplines as we enter the twenty-first century.

The Department has had a long and successful history with many psychologists contributing to its success since its beginnings in 1930.

Main Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed for lunch daily from 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Undergraduate Programs

Psychology is the scientific study of how and why people think, feel, and behave as they do.

Our scientific approach to understanding human behavior equips students with a solid foundation of analytical, research and clinical skills for careers in many fields with a human service emphasis.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) in Psychology
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Minor in Psychology
Minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology

Our students have a wide variety of psychology courses from which to choose, but additional experiences and opportunities are available beyond the classroom. We have many opportunities for scholarship awards and extracurricular enrichment, including the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, a research-focused Honors Program, and research assistantships and volunteer opportunities in Faculty labs. To learn more about research opportunities, please visit our Undergraduate Research page.

Please feel free to visit us in 426 Fraser Hall or check us out on Facebook to learn more about our department and programs!

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