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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

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Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Department of Psychology at Western Kentucky University is to provide our students with a strong education in the theoretical, scientific, and applied study of psychology. To this end we seek to:

  • Provide our undergraduate majors with knowledge of psychology as an art, a science, and a profession
  • Provide our graduate students with high quality programs that prepare them for careers in business, industry, government, mental health settings, educational settings, or for further postgraduate study
  • Provide students enrolled in programs throughout the university with a basic understanding of psychology and its importance in all human endeavors

A second component of our mission is to contribute to the advancement of psychology and psychological knowledge. To this end we seek to:

  • Conduct and publish basic and applied research
  • Develop and apply theoretical models and practical analyses
  • Present papers and workshops at professional meetings
  • Participate in the scholarly activities of professional associations

A final component of our mission is to improve the lives of others through the application of knowledge and expertise in psychology. To this end we seek to:

  • Practice the profession of psychology
  • Provide to others our professional and scholarly expertise
  • Consult with individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and public and private organizations
  • Provide leadership within the university, professional organizations, and the community

In all of our endeavors we are committed to the values we share as psychologists, especially our respect for the welfare and dignity of all people. We value and appreciate the diversity of the students we teach, the public we serve, and the colleagues with whom we work (and the technology with which we do all things).

(JANUARY 12, 2000)

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