The mission of the psychology department is to assist students in the development of lifelong professional, spiritual, scholarly and scientific talents. Talents in psychology involve the systematic study of behavior and mental processes. By adopting the American Psychological Association recommendations for learning goals and outcomes, the psychology department is committed to encouraging personal and intellectual growth by maintaining a rigorous academic curriculum designed to give the student knowledge of behavior, cognitive processes and emotional functioning. We promote an understanding of how this knowledge is scientifically acquired and applied in a diverse and global society. The psychology program strongly emphasizes the development of analytic and expressive skills that are the basis of investigation, evaluation and communication in this socially responsible field.