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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology (PSY)

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411 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3424
Fax: (810) 762-3426

Chair: Dr. Susan Gano-Phillips
Administrative Assistant: Emily W. Manship
Professors: Susan Gano-Phillips, Marianne P. McGrath, Thomas A. Wrobel; Associate Professors: Hillary Heinze, Terrence Horgan, Jeannette Stein; Assistant Professors: Julie Broadbent, William McKibbin; Lecturers: Kelly Allen, Allen Bellamy, Shai Brosh, Darryl Douglas, Carey Fitzgerald, Jerry Hosterman, Jason Jarvis, Tracy Juliao, Tamara McKay, Amanda Smith.
Professors Emeriti: Harry Frank, Donald M. Pollie, Alfred C. Raphelson, Ronald E. Silverman, Harriet M. Wall.

Psychology is the branch of knowledge concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. Modern psychology is rooted in a variety of traditions including philosophy, medicine, and biology, and therefore covers a wide area of study and involves a great diversity of activities. It is an academic discipline with a long and productive tradition of scholarship and scientific research. It also is a profession that conducts and applies the products of research in the arena of human services. In addition, fields such as education, law, medicine, social services, management, advertising, industrial engineering, environmental design, and public administration draw upon psychological principles. Psychology examines behavior and mental processes at a variety of levels from the molecular (e.g., the role of particular chemicals in brain function) to the global (e.g., the role of cultural factors in promoting achievement motivation). Students of psychology have the opportunity to learn how people sense and perceive their environment, process and remember information, experience emotions, and cope with the difficulties they encounter. In addition, they learn how all of these processes vary from person to person, from age to age, and from one social context to another. Through an understanding of basic mental processes, a deeper understanding of people’s problems and procedures for dealing with these problems can be gained.

Department Mission and Program Assessment

The Psychology Department offers degree programs that serve a variety of constituencies, including students with a broad general interest in human behavior, students who are preparing for graduate programs in academic or professional psychology, students preparing for pre-professional employment in human services, and students who wish to teach psychology in secondary schools. The Department participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at

Programs in Psychology

Six concentration programs are offered: the General Program in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts) , the Program in Research Psychology (Bachelor of Science) , the Applied Program in Psychology (Bachelor of Science)  , the Honors Program in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) , and the Joint Program in Social Sciences with an Emphasis on Psychology  (see “Social Sciences Joint Program (BA) ”).  A Minor in Psychology  and a Psychology Teacher’s Certificate Minor  are also available.

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