Mission and Goals

I. To promote preprofessional and liberal learning in psychological science at the undergraduate level while emphasizing the development of

  • Critical thinking
  • Technological competency
  • Communication competency
  • Diversity competency
  • Personal and professional ethics
  • A basic understanding of psychological science in both laboratory and experiential settings.

II. To provide graduate-level training for students intending to seek doctoral-level study or to seek employment at the master's level through two programs:

  • The Clinical Program -- designed to provide training that is consistent with a scientist practitioner model and to prepare students for doctoral programs by providing extensive training in clinical psychology, research methods, and statistics.
  • The Program in Cognitive and Social Processes -- designed to prepare students for doctoral programs by providing extensive training in social and cognitive psychology, research methods, and statistics.
  • Both programs encourage the development of discipline-specific 
    •  Knowledge 
    • Critical thinking skills 
    •  Technological competency 
    •  Oral and written communication competency 
    •  Diversity competency 
    •  Professional ethics 
    •  Research and statistical skills 
    •  Practical experience

III. To provide a climate that encourages, rewards, and promotes a wide variety of publishable, peer-reviewed scholarship by faculty and students. The department values basic and applied research for its own sake but also encourages the integration of knowledge production with teaching and service opportunities.

IV. Faculty are expected to contribute to the functioning of the department as teacher, scholar, and citizen. Excellence in teaching and scholarship is central to the department's mission, and service to the university, profession, and community are expected.

Department of Psychological Science
North Quad (NQ), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1690
Fax: 765-285-1702