The mission of the Department of Psychology and Counseling is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for employment and/or further academic study, and to furnish them with the tools for a lifetime of continued learning. The department is committed to providing graduates of all programs with a comprehensive body of knowledge in their chosen discipline, emphasizing scientific literacy and an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice.

The department is founded on the ethical principles of our professional organizations and on the Mercy core values of justice, respect, integrity, service, and compassion. The department is committed to developing in our graduates an understanding of self and others, a commitment to social justice, and an understanding of the diversity that defines our social world. The mission of the undergraduate program in psychology is to inspire academic excellence in students by promoting knowledge of the theories and content of psychology, scientific inquiry, learning and critical thinking in preparation for employment and/or graduate study. In addition, the program endorses the development of understanding of self and others, a sense of values, an appreciation of diversity, and a commitment to ethical principles.

An important part of liberal arts education involves understanding oneself, one’s own behavior and the actions of others. The undergraduate psychology program is designed to reflect all areas of human behavior and mental functioning. An introduction to techniques for investigating and understanding human behavior both within and outside the normal range of coping is provided in various courses.”