AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

The faculty of the Department of Psychology are dedicated to pursuing the following objectives:

OBJECTIVES:

A. To present a working picture of modern psychology, its corpus of knowledge and its methods. Emphasis is placed on a core curriculum of basic, broad courses rather than on many specialized ones.

B. To prepare students either to secure employment immediately following Hanover or to continue on to pursue graduate studies. About 30% of our graduates go into graduate or professional education without interruption; about 80% of our students extend their education after some five years following graduation. It should be emphasized that a psychology major at the undergraduate level does not make one a psychologist. Entry into professional psychology is limited to the masters level and, in many cases, the doctoral level. What one does obtain at Hanover, however, is a liberal arts education first and foremost, with secondary, special expertise in psychological science and methods.

C. To present the body of psychology to persons who have a genuine, but limited interest in the field. Much is to be gained from adding a limited specialization in psychology to a major concentration in another field. We attempt to coordinate psychology courses with courses in other departments; we try to accommodate students from other departments; and we try to provide knowledge to students who have only a personal interest in psychological matters.

GOALS:

The faculty of the Department of Psychology endorses the following goals for undergraduate education in psychology suggested by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A. Monitor, June, 1990, p.50):

TEACHING STRATEGIES:

The Department of Psychology endorses APA's "Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs."1 The Department agrees that: {Return to Contents}