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The Department of Psychology’s undergraduate program has a natural science orientation consistent with the contemporary definition of psychology as the science of behavior. This perspective, along with strong components dedicated to experimental and behavior analysis, has earned the department an international reputation. The psychology major is well-known for its excellent preparation for graduate study in psychology. This, along with the skills learned through the practicum in which course work and practical experience are combined, places our students in demand by employers who seek graduates with this type of education and training.


The Department of Psychology recruits, trains, graduates, and places a diverse body of students who are well prepared to take leadership positions and make contributions in research, theory, application, and dissemination of a natural science of psychology.


The Department of Psychology will be recognized locally, nationally, and globally as a Center of Excellence for teaching, research, and dissemination of psychology as a natural science. We will accomplish this by:


Department faculty are committed to quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and engage in continuous assessment activities designed to constantly improve the quality of its instructional programs. The goals of the department are intended to be coordinated with, and be supportive of, the professional and academic mission of Western Michigan University.

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We appreciate and recognize our emeriti whose contributions to academia, the University and community have continued beyond retirement.