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Department of Psychology

Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)! The Psychology Department has 12 full time Ph.D. faculty members along with 10 adjunct faculty dedicated to student learning. The department serves over 800 majors as well as hundreds of students who minor in Psychology at FGCU. The faculty maintain research interests across the discipline of psychology and are committed to a variety of community service endeavors. Together, Psychology faculty are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities and mentoring students in psychology. Accordingly, our mission statement is as follows:

The Department of Psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University is dedicated to providing a quality education to Psychology majors, as well as those in the general student body. The Department is committed to scientific approaches to understanding human behavior, emphasizing the social, developmental, cognitive, biological, and clinical foundations of behavior. We are further committed to providing a learning environment that offers students broad opportunities for intellectual growth and embraces a mentoring model that prepares students to think critically and develop the communication skills needed to function in a variety of human service agencies and other applied employment contexts in Southwest Florida and beyond. In addition, we offer students an academic background that provides a firm foundation to support application to applied mental health-related graduate programs, basic psychological sciences and, with proper interdisciplinary coursework, medical, or law school. Consistent with the university’s mission, faculty contribute to the professional and scholarly growth of students by offering a rigorous curriculum, the opportunity to participate in independent research, applied community practice, and civic engagement opportunities. The Department values diversity and encourages ethical and social responsibility.

Please review our program overview, student resource, and faculty tabs to learn more about courses we offer, the Psychology major and minor, faculty research, and opportunities for student involvement.