Offered by the Department of Psychology
Professors Craig, Loher, Murray (chairperson)
Associate Professors Brown, Sechrist, Verno
The Psychology Department offers a B.S. degree in Psychology with concentrations in General Psychology, Counseling, Lifespan Development, Mind/Body Health and Human Resource Management. The Psychology major is chosen by students who (1) plan advanced study in the field, (2) intend to seek employment in a related area upon graduation, or (3) seek a liberal arts background within the Psychology major. Many graduates enter advanced degree programs in counseling or related fields.
Minors are available to non-majors in Psychology and Psychology of Human Development. The Psychology minor provides a general survey of the field. The Psychology of Human Development minor provides more focused study in areas of child, adolescent, and adult development.
Students are involved in various forms of research under faculty direction. Students present their research at the annual Psychology Research Symposium.
Many students report the internship to be an important part of their educational experience. For some, the internship leads directly to employment. The Psychology Department maintains relationships with a broad range of organizations that offer internships in counseling, other human services, health care, or business. Advisors work closely with students to plan the internship and ensure that the experience is successful.
We are a student-centered, academic department committed to teaching and learning about psychology and inspiring student appreciation of a life directed by personal growth and integrity. We prepare students for meaningful careers and personal lives, advanced study in psychology or related areas, and service to the community.
Vision and Values
The Psychology Program strives to live the principles of the Mansfield Creed: Character, Culture, Scholarship and Service and to be a place where:
- Students are actively engaged and challenged as they learn about psychology.
- We study, assess, and improve how we teach and how our students learn.
- We pursue academic and professional goals with enthusiasm and integrity.
- There are high standards of scholarship and student-faculty research.
- We recognize the importance of service to others and shared leadership for improvement of the common good.
- We apply learning about psychology to personal and career roles.
- Ensure that students have a well-developed, contemporary understanding of psychology as an academic discipline and profession.
- Promote engaged, state-of-the art learning in all our courses.
- Set high standards for our scholarship and student-faculty research.
- Assess student learning and improve our effectiveness as a department.
The curriculum is designed to meet the following students learning outcomes:
- Knowledge Base of Psychology: Identify and describe major concepts and theoretical models, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology using the language of discipline.
- Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Evaluate, explain, and critique psychological research and theories.
- Research Methods in Psychology: Describe research methods in psychology and demonstrate basic research skills, including design and Implementation of studies, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Communication Skills: Write and speak effectively using the language and style of psychology.
- Values and Ethics in Psychology: Recognize, analyze and discuss ethical issues that are relevant to research and practice in the field of psychology
- Civic Engagement & Community Service: Participate in community service on or off campus.
Policies and Procedures
Careful advisement of students is a priority of the Psychology Department. All students must complete a thorough orientation to the major, and their subsequent studies are guided by a goal-oriented process. All students maintain a portfolio to assess their learning and guide their academic and professional development. The portfolio is submitted for final review in conjunction with the department’s Senior Seminar course.
All students in the major must obtain grades of C or higher in PSY 1101 and either PSY 1151 or PSY 3353 (whichever they take upon entering the major) to continue in the program. Students may retake these courses once to meet the standard. Those who fail to meet the standard may not continue in the major and will be advised in the selection of a new major.
To qualify for an internship, students must maintain a B average in the major.
To meet requirements for graduation as a Psychology major, students must (1) satisfy the University’s general education and degree requirements, (2) complete the Psychology course requirements, and (3) submit an acceptable portfolio.