College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Goals and Objectives

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  • To provide the highest quality of instruction and learning in the science and profession of psychology.  Our academic offerings shall represent the breadth of theoretical, empirical, and applied knowledge of the field.
  • To offer high quality undergraduate programs (e.g., B.A. and minor in Psychology) and graduate and professional training (i.e., MFT preparation, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Psychological Science) that reflect the best of current knowledge, instruction, and training methods in the field.  We will provide a curriculum and experiences that:
    • Emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and scientific methodology;
    • Apply psychological principles to human and societal problems at the local, regional, state, national, and global levels;
    • Articulate and demonstrate values espoused in the field of psychology (e.g., APA ethical guidelines);
    • Promote an understanding of the complexity of individual and cultural diversity; and
    • Require competence in information literacy, use of computers, and other technologies.
  • To be an integral part of students' liberal arts education, including, but not limited to, the General Education program, the Liberal Studies program, and other professional and interdisciplinary programs.
  • To promote and support a vibrant learning and academic environment that fosters the teaching/learning process between faculty and students and enhances individual and collaborative research and scholarship among faculty and students.
  • To continue and expand both faculty and student cooperative endeavors with the regional community such that professional expertise and service are made available to the region and state, instructional programs are enriched, and training and research activities are enhanced.
  • To have our curriculum, faculty, and student population represent diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • To support and enhance the professional development of our faculty in terms of currency in the field, expansion of new and changing professional interests, and enhancement of knowledge and skills related to the instructional process.