The mission of the Department of Psychology and Sociology at The College of St. Scholastica is to advance the understanding of human behavior and social interaction, and the use of the scientific method used to study it. The Psychology and Sociology faculty advance this mission by offering courses and sponsoring professionally related cocurricular activities. Our goal is to help Psychology and Psychological Science majors prepare for post-baccalaureate careers or graduate school and to provide non-majors in our service courses with a strong behavioral and social science foundation for integration with their departments' majors. The core value underlying our mission is the conviction that psychology and sociology offer research-supported principles of great utility for understanding human thinking and behavior; and for solving many individual, interpersonal, and societal problems. The life-span developmental perspective, sensitivity to diversity, and experiential learning are emphasized throughout the curriculum. To see how our mission is carried out, click on Psychology Major. This will take you to an overview of the criteria and procedures we use for teaching and assessing the department's student learning outcomes.