The Psychology Department at Muskingum University is committed to maintaining a strong academic curriculum shaped by the mission of our University and the standards of a quality undergraduate psychology program as articulated by the American Psychological Association. Within this frame work, the curriculum of the Department of Psychology program has been developed to introduce our students to the study of brain, mind and behavior as a scientific, scholarly discipline with applications to a variety of settings in clinical, counseling, educational, industrial, business, legal, and social settings. The Department endorses the challenge of the APA of “synthesizing the natural and social science aspects of the discipline by requiring students to take courses in both knowledge areas.” The Department believes strongly in educating the “whole person” so in addition to fostering intellectual development, hands-on physical experiences like lab exercises, internships and practica, and social interactive experiences like seminars and group learning projects, are pervasive aspects of the psychology curriculum. The Department also provides courses and services (e.g., field experiences in the department lab school) to support the LAE's and other majors.
In addition to its curriculum mission for students, the Psychology Department is also committed to the professional development of its faculty. Faculty members are given the resources and support to pursue their career interests and objectives within the parameters of a small collegial unit. These include appropriate office and laboratory space, student assistants, budget for research and teaching purposes, and relative autonomy in the design and delivery of their specific course responsibilities. The faculty members of the Department strive to be active participants in the governance of the institution and of the Social Science Division. They participate in faculty meetings, in the campus committee structure and as good citizens of the University community.