Psychology Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Psychology at Hampton University is to develop scholars, practitioners and �good citizens� who are prepared to use psychological knowledge, skills and values to benefit society and improve people's lives by:

  • Providing broad, fundamental training in the science of psychology to our majors so that graduates are prepared to a) successfully complete doctoral-level training in major competitive graduate and professional schools in all of areas of psychology and related fields and b) successfully utilize their training in the workforce upon graduation (should they choose not to pursue graduate study in the field of psychology).
  • Providing sound training in the psychological sciences for all students in the university in order to enhance their liberal arts education as undergraduate scholars (and in particular areas of psychology for several schools and/or divisions of the university so their majors fulfill specific vocational or professional accreditation/certification requirements for courses in psychology.)
  • Developing, disseminating and applying new knowledge in the psychological sciences.
  • Supporting and encouraging faculty development and excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, practice and community service.

Goals

Goal 1: Knowledge Base of Psychology

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Goal 2: Research Methods in Psychology

  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology

  • Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Goal 4: Application of Psychology

  • Understand and apply psychological principals to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Goal 5: Values in Psychology

  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a science.

Goal 6: Information and Technology Literacy

  • Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology.

Goal 7: Communication Skills

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Goal 8:� Sociocultural and International Awareness

  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international awareness.

Goal 9: Personal Development

  • Develop insight into their own and other's behavior and mental process and apply effective strategies for self-management and self improvement.

Goal 10: Career Planning and Development

  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.