The mission of Bard’s Psychology Program is to serve a foundational role in engaging the College and broader community with the science of human behavior. We serve as a hub for the mind and behavioral sciences through our curricular and co-curricular offerings that augment the course of study for all students, especially those in the Divisions of Science, Mathematics, and Computing and Social Studies, as well as through our leadership in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Program. Our excitement and our challenge stem from the field’s enormous breadth, as we cover topics ranging from genes to social systems.
The Psychology Program believes that Psychology is a major in which any Bard student can succeed, and we strive to make the Program one in which students in all courses feel like they belong. The Program believes that diversity is a vital foundation for innovation, leadership, and cultural awareness, and we strive to create an inclusive and accessible environment through continual efforts in pedagogy, curriculum, and advising. We aim to foster a welcoming environment that represents opportunities for all students through inclusive representation and promotion of voices historically marginalized because of such factors as race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, nationality, immigration status, age, political affiliation, and physical ability.
The Program cultivates an environment where teaching and research mutually inform one another by supporting faculty research, providing opportunities for students to become engaged in research during the academic year and summer and through the Senior Project (completed by all Bard students), encouraging students to gain internships and externships, and hosting speakers from other institutions.
In all courses, we strive to (1) introduce students to foundational content in psychology’s subfields (social, cognitive, developmental, and abnormal psychology as well as neuroscience); (2) take a multi-level approach to answering psychological questions; (3) engage students in integrative, critical thinking about the mechanisms underlying human thought and behavior; (4) educate students in the process of science as it applies to human behavior; (5) provide inclusive education for students of all backgrounds; (6) provide hands-on learning opportunities for students to engage in the above; and (7) prepare students to excel in their chosen place in an interdependent global society.