The primary mission of the SUNY Geneseo Department of Psychology is to develop in students and interest in and understanding of scientific approaches to the description and explanation of thought, emotion and behavior. Specifically, the department aims are:
(a) to prepare our majors for lifelong learning, thinking, and action by providing a solid liberal arts education that embraces psychology's knowledge base, methodology, language skills, interpersonal skills, ethics, and values
(b) to prepare those students who will enter careers in human services, clinical work, corrections, business, educational and other applied areas to be knowledgeable, competent and caring professionals
(c) to prepare those students who continue beyond the B.A. to be outstanding and creative graduate students
(d) to make available to all Geneseo students those aspects of psychological knowledge that are useful for responsible membership in society (e.g. enhancing self-knowledge, illuminating individual and cross-cultural differences, promoting effective parenting, constructively managing conflict, and coping with and responding to problems of personal and societal significance)
Additional missions of the SUNY Geneseo Department of Psychology involve service and professional contributions. Specifically, the Department aims are:
(e) to serve other departments and programs, the College, and the larger community wherever psychology is relevant to education, management, dispute resolution and problem-solving ; and
(f) to support the teaching, application and advancement of the science of psychology through research, scholarship, and participation in the professional structures of the discipline.