Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate program that provides students with opportunities for personal, professional, and intellectual development. Courses in the psychology program teach students about both the scientific and applied areas of the field. To begin the major, all students complete the introductory course in psychology and a course on careers in psychology. A two-semester research sequence follows, which emphasizes statistics, methodology, and experimental psychology. Students then complete upper-level courses that represent five foundational areas of the field of psychology. Students take electives that align with their unique interests and career goals, thereby developing concentrations.

Concentrations may include, but are not limited to developmental psychology, multicultural psychology, experimental psychology, neuropsychology, or counseling/clinical psychology. Last, the Senior Capstone experience provides closure to a student's undergraduate education.

In addition to learning about the mind and behavior, students learn vital skills such as critical thinking skills, communication skills, analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills, such that upon graduation, students are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities and/or graduate education in psychology or related fields such as law, medicine, business, management, education, or social work.

Vision

Our vision is to be the preferred undergraduate psychology program in Georgia.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance the science of psychology in an inclusive climate that cultivates outstanding student and faculty scholars who serve the profession and the community.

Declaration of Identity

We are a dynamic faculty dedicated to excellence in undergraduate psychology education. We create an atmosphere that results in highly educated critical thinkers who make well-informed decisions based on empirical research and analytical thought processes.

Foundational Values

Science

We promote empirical approaches to studying and understanding behavior.

Excellence

We provide an exemplary educational experience for our students.

Integrity

We practice and model ethical behavior.

Respect

We value respect for all persons, students, staff, and faculty in our Department and College.

Diversity

We value human diversity.

Community

We apply psychological science to benefit the academic and broader communities.

Success

Ultimately, we measure success through the success of our students and faculty.