Mission Statement and Program Objectives

Mission Statement

At the University of Illinois at Springfield, the Psychology Department’s primary mission is to
assist its majors in developing the knowledge, skills, and values that define psychology,
academically, as a contemporary social science discipline and, professionally, as the foundation
for a variety of post-baccalaureate career paths. As a department within the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, the Psychology faculty has a related but secondary mission, shared with all
other departments within the College, to build upon and further enhance the fundamental
knowledge, skills, and values of a liberal arts education among all of its students.

Program Objectives

The UIS Psychology Department will:

  • Develop and deliver a curriculum that reflects rigorous disciplinary goals and expectations for optimal learning outcomes;
  • Foster student sensitivity to and appreciation for the usefulness of psychology in addressing real world problems;
  • Set clear guidelines for ethical academic behavior;
  • Establish clear performance objectives at the program and individual course levels;
  • Provide variety in learning formats and experiences;
  • Encourage student autonomy and active engagement in learning experiences;
  • Appreciate student diversity and address relevant diversity issues within the curriculum;
  • Evaluate student performance fairly and provide feedback on a regular basis;
  • Review the curriculum systematically and maintain consistency with evolving professional standards and guidelines;
  • Advise students effectively about institutional policies and procedures, exploration of career options, and post-baccalaureate educational possibilities; and
  • Encourage student participation in program decision-making and co-curricular activities.