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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to prepare students for a range of activities including academic, professional and personal experiences.

All students majoring in psychology are required to engage in a broad academic program and to demonstrate mastery in areas of psychological knowledge and research methodology. Minors, concentrations or single courses in psychology will provide the Elmhurst University student with varying levels of basic psychological knowledge and methodology.

Goals for the Major

During a 10-course curriculum in the psychology major, students will study current theories, research and practice. They will master the general principles of the field and the historical development of the discipline.

Goals for the major in psychology:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, empirical findings and applications to behavior.
  • Students will develop information literacy skills that allow them to both conduct and evaluate basic scientific research in psychology, as well as the ability to apply these skills to problems in their daily lives.
  • Students will develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings that are inclusive and acknowledge diversity.
  • Students will critically evaluate and express psychological content in written and oral communication in different contexts for different purposes while working effectively with others.
  • Students will be able to apply psychology-specific content and skills, exhibit effective self-reflection, refine project-management skills, enhance teamwork skills, and improve career preparation.

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