Department of Psychology School of Education & Psychology
The study of psychology provides knowledge regarding the causes of behavior and psychological methods of investigation. A background in psychology promotes within an individual a sense of competence and efficiency through a better understanding of development, learning, cognition, and emotion. Therefore, a fundamental effort in the Department of Psychology is to impart to students a thorough knowledge of the practical, scientific, and theoretical/philosophical factors associated with the study of human behavior. The department offers a Major, a Minor; and an Academic Concentration (Teacher Education Majors) in Psychology.
Mission & Objectives
In concert with the overall mission of Elizabeth City State University, the Department of Psychology endeavors to develop in undergraduate students a better understanding of the social, biological, and environmental factors that impact the human experience from a global, overall perspective. Students are presented the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in psychology, marketing, law enforcement, and education. The department's objectives can be translated into specific purposes/goals relevant to obtaining the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at ECSU. These objectives are as follows:
- to enhance student ability to think critically and quantitatively;
- to provide relevant and rigorous academic coursework, the successful completion of which results in reception of a Bachelor of Science Degree;
- to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation necessary for the pursuit of advanced degrees in graduate and professional schools; thereby, facilitating viable employment opportunities; and
- to provide students with a broad understanding of the types of problems in local, national, and international communities which can be addressed via the application of knowledge obtained from a study of psychology.
Psychology Degree Program
The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology shall be conferred upon students who complete major requirements as indicated in the curriculum plan for those majoring in psychology. It should be noted that both the Major and the Minor (for majors in any discipline) are offered in psychology. Each student pursuing the Psychology Major is encouraged to declare a Minor (any field other than Psychology) as the first-time seeker of the baccalaureate degree. The appropriate course sequence along with curriculum-guide summaries appear below.
The Department also offers an "Academic Concentration in Psychology" as a complement to the Teacher Education Program.