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Collection Development Guide: Psychology: Program Purpose and Description

Program Purpose and Description

The Psychology major is now the largest on campus:

The Psychology Department strongly supports the view that research and teaching are complimentary activities. The departmental goal is to gain national and international recognition as a research-oriented teaching-intensive department. The department has a proud tradition of offering high-quality instruction at all levels, and remains committed to providing an excellent academic experience for students.

The department is in a state of change.  In accordance with the reclassification of Texas State University-San Marcos as an Emerging Research University in January 2012, the Psychology Department is committed to expanding its research agenda while retaining its lasting commitment to teaching.  The Psychology Department has a long-term goal of starting its own PhD program.  This has led to some recent changes, including: 

  • a shift in undergraduate focus from Social Psychology towards a more neuropsychological and cognitive-based Developmental Psychology. 
  • a shift in the graduate program, moving from Health Psychology and becoming a more general research-focused MAPR.  This fills a needed gap for students who would like to prepare to continue their education in a PhD program. 
  • a plan (7-9 years) to create a PhD program at Texas State University.
More information:
The Psychology Department is housed in the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), a LEED-certified building completed in June 2012. Current research facilities in the department include a saliva analysis laboratory, separate 40-channel and 64-channel EEG systems, Doppler imaging equipment, state-of-the-art observation rooms, a dedicated computer lab for research, and a variety of other faculty research labs used for studies on addiction, cognition, exercise, sleep, and many other health-related issues. For additional information on faculty research interests, please visit our directory.