The overall goal of the Psychology Department is to provide students with a broad background in the various levels of analysis and methodological approaches used in the study of behavior, particularly human behavior, and to prepare students for graduate study in a number of fields. Students can gain research training, experience in a wide variety of community settings, and tailor course selections to meet their long-term post-graduate goals. A Psychology degree, in conjunction with courses chosen from other disciplines, can prepare students for careers interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds in a wide range of fields.
The curriculum in psychology is intended to enhance one's understanding of behavioral science and of oneself and others in terms of concepts developed by study. Undergraduate courses in psychology give students an opportunity to learn what research has shown about:
- How behavior is motivated
- How people perceive, learn, and think
- How individuals differ from one another
- How personality develops from infancy to maturity and is expressed by behavior
- How interpersonal factors affect human relationships in the home, on the job, and in the community
Dr. Shelly Schreier delivered her "last lecture" to a packed Rackham Auditorium on April 4, 2013. The Golden Apple Award is one of the University's most prestigious teaching awards and the University's only student-chosen award for teaching excellence. Dr. Schreier was nominated by many students enrolled in her Introductory Psychology and Social Development courses.