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Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, aimed to understand human behavior. While some are basic researchers who develop and test theories, others apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations, and communities.
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
Our mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the science and profession of psychology and counseling. To accomplish this goal, the department seeks to:
- Promote the acquisition of the core knowledge and principles of psychology.
- Develop students' skills in research and statistics.
- Further students' ability to think analytically, logically, and creatively.
- Develop students' ability to communicate effectively according to the standards of the discipline.
- Foster increased understanding of diverse populations.
- Enhance students’ professional growth and development.
Our faculty include psychologists and counselor educators with expertise in clinical psychology, school psychology, experimental psychology, mental health and school counseling, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavior analysis who serve the university, the Psychology Department and its students through demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.
The Department of Psychology is located in Martin Hall, and our laboratories are well equipped and very productive. Students are actively involved in research projects and other professional activities such as internships as undergraduates.
What are the degree options?
Undergraduates can earn either a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or a Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology.
The Bachelor of Arts program is patterned after the recommendations of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate majors in psychology. It offers a solid background in research methods and statistics, a central set of core theory courses and opportunities for focused, "hands on" experiences in research and in the field. Students can shape their program to meet unique interests through our broad set of courses and electives.
The Bachelor of Science program is for undergraduates who are interested in learning about how people grow and change throughout the life course. This "life span developmental perspective" includes courses on child and adolescent development, adult development, adjustment, human relations, developmental theory, and research methodology. In the second year of study, more emphasis is placed on the application of the life span perspective to problems of everyday life across the life course. Specifically, students take introductory courses in the field of counseling, complete a 2 -quarter field experience shadowing a psychologist, counselor, or other human service provider in a community agency, and finish the program by taking a department capstone that synthesizes the knowledge acquired throughout the program.
Our graduate programs provide students with specialty professional development in the areas of clinical psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, mental health counseling and school counseling.
What can I do with my degree?
The value of the undergraduate degree
Psychology majors, whether they have gone on to careers in psychology, counseling or other fields, cite courses in the principles of human behavior as especially applicable to life after college. The additional insight gained helps guide parents, business managers and professionals in many fields. Many bachelor's degree holders credit their college psychology courses with teaching them how people, including themselves, learn and develop. "I use information on learning theory every time I conduct a training session for my employees," says a manager in a consumer products company. Above all, it is the rigorous training in the scientific method - the need to do thorough, objective research, analyze data logically and put forth the findings with clarity - that prepares psychology majors to succeed in their future careers.
Most of our declared majors express the desire to continue their education in graduate programs, not only in psychology but in other fields, such as business, education, medicine or law. The department provides internship opportunities and career fairs, supporting students' research presentations at international, national and regional conferences, and fosters a climate of intellectual excitement through active research laboratories so students will be competitive in the graduate school application process.