We believe the best way to learn the science of psychology is by engaging our faculty and students in a collaborative search for new knowledge about human cognition, emotion, and behavior.  This process begins with an understanding of the discipline’s conceptual foundations, and it requires a firm grounding in methods of research design and statistical analysis. Psychology majors learn how to explain behavior from multiple perspectives, how to ask substantive questions and use appropriate empirical methodologies to address those questions, how to communicate their findings clearly in written, oral, and visual forms, and how to interact with humans and animals following the ethical standards of the field.


1. Understand behavior by learning about influential theories and research in multiple subdisciplines of psychology, and making connections among these subdisciplines.

2. Understand the scientific foundation of psychology and conduct original research by (a) finding previous research in a topic area, (b) identifying an original empirical question and designing a study to answer it, (c) conducting statistical analyses to draw conclusions from data, and (d) working collaboratively in a scientific context.

3.  Effectively communicate psychological concepts and findings in written, oral, and visual forms.

4.  Apply scientific knowledge to real world contexts.

5.  Work with humans and animals following the principles and standards of the field.