Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

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The mission of the Psychology Department is to provide an excellent education for the undergraduate and graduate students who take our courses, taught by dynamic faculty who are also active in their fields. We will foster the spirit of creative inquiry by improving our students’ ability to read, write, and think critically (partly based on research methodology knowledge and skills) about enduring and emerging issues of psychology and human relationships.

To meet these general goals, the Department of Psychology commits to:

  • Graduating well-qualified students having the professional expertise to contribute to and apply the scientific knowledge base and clinical practices in Psychology, as well as the integration of these components with the ultimate goal of promoting the wellbeing of our society;
  • Attracting and retaining diverse students with professional potential;
  • Promoting strong expectations for intellectual relationships among faculty and students through improved teaching, scholarship, facilities, and extra-curricular activities;
  • Creating an atmosphere of cohesiveness and esprit de corps.

Vision Statement

In accordance with the reclassification of Texas State University as a “Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in February 2016, the Psychology Department is committed to expanding its research agenda during 2017-2023 while retaining its lasting commitment to delivering high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Rather than viewing research and teaching as separate or even competing goals, the Psychology department strongly supports the view that research and teaching are complementary activities. In our classrooms and research labs, we focus on evidence-based, cutting-edge scientific knowledge of a rapidly growing field. Thus, the Psychology department’s vision for 2017-2023 is to gain national and international recognition as a research-oriented teaching-intensive department.

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