Academics

Mission and Goals of the LMU Psychology Department

Mission

The Psychology program shares the University's commitment to develop ethical leaders for a culturally diverse world, and contributes to the liberal education of students. Through a comprehensive education in the science of psychology, the Psychology Department seeks to educate the whole person, pursue academic excellence, advance scholarship, promote service and justice, and encourage life-long learning.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1. Theory and Methodology in Psychology

Students should:

  • Understand the role of psychology as a discipline that uses an empirical approach to knowledge; and
  • Use, respect, and value skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior.

Knowledge areas students will study/learn:

  • Basic research methods and ethics
  • History and systems and philosophy of science
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Scientific and critical thinking
  • Scientific writing and communication

Goal 2. Mastery of Content (Discipline Specific Knowledge)

Students should be familiar with:

  • Core theoretical approaches and research findings that reflect a biopsychosocial understanding of behavior ; and
  • More in-depth theoretical approaches and research findings within at least one subject area in psychology.

Core knowledge areas students will study/learn:

  • Biological foundations of behavior
  • Psychological foundations of behavior
  • Social and cultural foundation of behavior
  • Biopsychosocial development across the lifespan

Goal 3. Application of Knowledge and Scientific Method

Students should demonstrate the application of psychological theory, methodology, and findings to:

  • An understanding of the whole person, as an individual and as a member of a large community, society, and culture; and
  • The promotion of social justice in these contexts.