mission of the Department of Psychology is to engage in the discovery of
knowledge about behavior and mental processes, and the biological, social, and
psychological processes that underlie them, and to share that knowledge and the
processes for obtaining it with our students and the scholarly community. The
Department integrates graduate and undergraduate education, teaching, research,
and service activities to further the overall mission of the university.
the context of a liberal arts education in the College of Liberal Arts,
the mission of the Undergraduate Program in Psychology is to provide an
educational environment in which our students can learn the basic concepts and
principles of psychology and the methods of scientific inquiry into the
behavior of individuals. The knowledge and skills that students obtain in our
undergraduate program are useful in postgraduate education and in a wide
variety of employment settings and careers.
facilitate our students' learning of the basic concepts and principles of
psychology through classroom and non-classroom experiences (e.g., research,
attendance at professional meetings).
facilitate our students' learning of the methods of scientific inquiry into
behavior, thought, and emotion through classes and opportunities in empirical
facilitate our students' abilities to evaluate claims and conclusions about
psychological processes in a constructively critical manner. We want our
students to become critical thinkers and consumers of information pertaining to
behavior, thought, motivation, and emotion.
significant portion of the Psychology Department's teaching resources are
devoted to the dissemination of psychological knowledge to non-majors through numerous
and popular "service courses" that are offered each semester.
mission of our graduate program is to provide students with the requisite
knowledge, understandings, and skills, and the appropriate experiences and accomplishments
that are needed to be successful in pursuing their careers.
students are trained to integrate a broad understanding of psychological
principles and expertise into specific basic and applied domains.
students develop skills in research methodologies, data analysis, scientific
writing, and grant development and implementation.
graduate program provides students with academic and professional experiences
through teaching, internships, research publications, and professional
the frontiers of knowledge through original scientific research is fundamental
to all activities of the Department of Psychology at UT El Paso. Research is an
integral component of our educational mission at all levels.
and maintaining an active and productive research program is a key activity of
our work as doctoral-level psychologists.
supervision and mentoring of research activities plays a vital role in the
training of graduate students, the next generation of psychologists. In every
step of our graduate program, the research skills and achievements of our
students are a central concern, from the first-year project through the
undergraduate program encourages participation in active research as an
important way of teaching about critical thinking in general and the scientific
method in particular. Many upper-class psychology majors become involved in
research under the supervision of faculty and/or graduate student mentors.
faculty members within the Department of Psychology, we are committed to
fulfilling our service responsibilities to the Department, the University,
professional organizations, and the community.
serve as members of numerous committees and as program coordinators within the
Department to promote the efficient use of our resources so as to optimize
student learning and faculty productivity.
members within the Department support the overarching mission of UT El Paso by
participating in various service activities within the University such as
committees, councils, and task forces.
faculty members serve on numerous committees affiliated with regional,
national, and international organizations in an effort to promote psychology as
a profession and as a scientific discipline.
members of our faculty, in their professional capacities, engage in service to
a community that extends far beyond the boundaries of our campus. Service to
the larger community includes speaking engagements, consultations, and
professional service in government activities.