If there is to be any measure of wisdom in our impact upon the world, we must understand its tenants: people. We must, with integrity and sensitivity, examine our own responses to our environment and explore how we, in turn, affect those around us as we seek to bring healing and hope to the world.
The Department of Psychology at Whitworth University is committed to academic rigor and sensitive human service by promoting the scientific study of "mind and heart." As part of a Christian liberal arts institution, we seek to train and produce responsible, enlightened citizens who think critically and contribute actively to the field of psychology. Following a scientist-practitioner model, the curriculum is designed to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge in core areas of psychology. Students engage in research and practice that encompass foundational and advanced requirements and electives, culminating in dual senior capstone experiences. Students apply their learning as they design their own research projects, critically evaluate scientific information and other claims, and reflect on the integration of psychology and the Christian faith or other worldview perspectives. They gain experience working in the community at a practicum placement of their choice and have the opportunity to travel to destinations that bring their classroom learning to life. We offer an enduring foundation in the investigation and understanding of human behavior, emotion, and mental processes in an atmosphere that nurtures just relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and offers mutual support and friendship among both faculty and students.
Psychology, Whitworth style, builds skills to last far beyond graduation.