PsychologyThe Psychology department is committed to excellence in undergraduate training in the science of psychology. We do so by offering students not only the highest caliber of classroom instruction but also extensive opportunities for professionally-authentic experiences in research (see list of 2012-2013 conference presentations by WSU Psychology students) and community engagement. We are dedicated to training students to be psychologically literate citizens who can engage in scientifically- and ethically- informed judgments, decision-making, and actions. As such, our curriculum emphasizes students acquiring knowledge about the discipline, applying that knowledge to real world situations, adopting scientific and ethical values, attitudes, and beliefs, and gaining interpersonal and communication skills.
Students report having very positive experiences in their psychology classes and psychology majors report being extremely satisfied with the quality and breadth of their instruction. WSU psychology student have had next step success in graduate school in the discipline (with recent acceptances to graduate programs at Harvard, Michigan, Texas A&M, University of Kentucky, University of Utah, and Utah State University, among many others), related disciplines (Social Work, Education, Marriage and Family Studies, and Criminal Justice) and other professional schools (Medicine, Law, Business, and Pharmacy). Psychology students are hired in a wide range of employment positions and do so at rate above the employment rate for the state.
Psychology faculty members are actively engaged in the discipline, the community, the university, and the department. Counted among them are a number award-winning teachers and researchers. They were early adopters and continue to be leaders of the university initiative for undergraduate research and community-based scholarship. They are also involved in a variety of interdisciplinary initiatives on campus, including Neuroscience, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies. The faculty members are excellent campus and community citizens serving in leadership positions both on campus and off. The recent reviews of the department by outside experts have been extremely positive and department members continue to aspire to become a model for the university and the discipline of innovative and effective undergraduate training in psychology.
Dr. Eric Amsel
1202 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408