The department's mission is to educate students broadly in contemporary psychology. Because we recognize that relatively few of our students will be academic psychologists, we strive to prepare them in multiple ways for a world in which knowledge of psychology will be useful.
By training students broadly, we mean first to provide students with perspective. To facilitate this, the curriculum is structured in the following ways:
- To offer a comprehensive set of course offerings covering major lines of contemporary work within the field of psychology.
- To establish explicit connections between psychology and other fields (inter-disciplinary collaborations) and the world outside Smith (community-based learning)
- To broaden students' perspectives from an individual and cultural point of view, so that they come to appreciate behavioral diversity and understand a wide range of approaches to personal and social reality