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Department of Psychology

Mission Statement & Goals

Department of Psychology

(Revised September 2005)



Mission of the Department of Psychology

The mission of the Messiah College Department of Psychology is to educate its students in the theoretical, empirical, and applied areas of psychology on a foundation that is informed and shaped by the Christian faith. Our graduates will be prepared for graduate school or the work force, equipped for lives of character, intellect, and Christian faith.



Goals of the Department of Psychology

In order to achieve its mission, the Department of Psychology has adopted the following goals, the first ten of which come from the American Psychological Association’s goals for students:


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


  • Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.


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


  • Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.


  • Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.


  • Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.


  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.


  • Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.


  • Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.


  • Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.


  • Students will develop an understanding of the connection between Christian faith and the academic pursuit of knowledge in psychology.


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