The Rollins College Department of Psychology uses
the methods and content of psychological science to teach students to
(1) understand the reasons behind their own and others' behavior; (2)
become competent and critical decision makers; (3) respect human
diversity; and (4) fulfill their social responsibilities.
As students of psychology, faculty and majors should uphold
the following tenets and values that are fundamental to our curriculum:
- Psychology is science.
Majors should learn the philosophy and principles of science and be
well versed in theory, methods, and statistics (i.e., the foundations
of scientific inquiry).
- Psychology is practice. Majors should gain
experience in applying psychological principles and methods to
understanding and solving real-world problems.
- Psychology is diverse. Majors should be exposed
to a variety of fields and perspectives within the discipline to gain a
broad-based knowledge and appreciation of how psychologists seek to
understand the world.
- Psychology is honorable. Majors should learn the
values deemed important in psychology and should strive to comply with
accepted ethical principles in research and practice.
- Psychology is challenging. Majors should expect a
curriculum that requires them to question their preconceptions, to
practice skeptical inquiry, to engage in analytic and synthetic
thinking, to show tolerance for views that they may not share, and to
struggle with work that is difficult but often rewarding.
- Psychology is collaborative. Majors will work
with the faculty and their peers inside and outside the classroom in
order to draw on the expertise of others, share individual areas of
expertise with others, and create a supportive learning community.
- Psychology is empowering. Although the faculty
and curriculum offer guidance to students in their courses and
endeavors, ultimately majors are responsible for shaping their own