The mission of the Psychology Department at St. John Fisher College is to help students develop a knowledge base of concepts, theories, and methodology to serve as a schema for life-long learning. the program is designed to meet the varied needs of our majors and minors by preparing them for graduate training in psychology or related disciplines, and/or the world of work, family, and community. To this end, the curriculum presents psychology as the science of cognitions, emotions, and behavior, rooted in the liberal arts.
The department strives to:
- Create a student-centered educational experience around teaching, advising, research, and mentoring.
- Support student development as life-long learners.
- Stimulate intellectual curiosity.
- Provide developmental opportunities for academic pursuits.
- Facilitate a cohesive, collaborative environment that encourages the open exchange of ideas.
- Maintain a safe and respectful environment both in and out of the classroom, where diversity of an individual's thoughts and behavior is embraced.
Goal 1. Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Goal 2. Research Methods in Psychology
Students understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, interpretation, and communication of information.
Goal 3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Students use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when appropriate, principles of scientific reasoning.
Goal 4. Application of Psychology
Students understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Goal 5. Values in Psychology
Students weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, embrace diversity, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.