Department of Psychology
The mission of the Department of Psychology at Cameron University is to prepare the diverse student body for entry level and advanced positions in the field of psychology, family studies, research, and service; to provide education that is focused on the principles of psychology and counseling that apply to work, family and responsible citizenship; and to prepare students for further education in the field, licensure, or related careers in order to support the cultural life and economic development of the region.
BS Psychology Mission Statement:
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. Through courses in psychology, students will learn principles which govern human behavior. The courses offered reflect the diversity in psychology and meet the educational objectives of at least three groups of students: (1) those who seek a general survey course in the field of psychology or those who wish to study a program of psychology in depth at the undergraduate level but do not contemplate entrance into psychology as a profession, (2) those who wish to enter psychology as a profession immediately after the BS, and (3) those who plan to attend graduate school and then enter psychology as a profession.
MS in Behavioral Sciences Mission Statement:
The Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences (MSBS) program is designed to serve that segment of the population employed in or interested in a broad spectrum of professions in the behavioral sciences. Specific target populations are persons employed or preparing for employment in public or private organizations involved in human resources activities; persons wishing to pursue doctoral studies in the behavioral sciences or research-related careers or to gain experience in research; and persons preparing for counseling licensure in mental health professions. To properly serve the service and area and to assist in promoting the economic development of Southwest Oklahoma, the MSBS program has been fashioned to allow flexibility in program design and planning.
BS in Family and Child Studies Mission Statement:
The Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Studies provides preparation for students to work with children and their families in educational, institutional and human service settings. Family and Child Studies students complete a practicum experience as part of their degree in environments that prepare them for an exciting professional future focused on the population they will be serving.
The Department of Psychology offers coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Studies, and a Master of Science in Behavioral Science with General Psychology, Counseling, and Marriage & Family tracks.
- Provide mental health care to community members. Graduate students on the Marriage & Family and Counseling Tracks spend their last year providing mental health care to Lawton Fort Sill community members under the supervision of licensed professionals at the Cameron Psychology Clinic.
- Perform research with student-focused faculty members. Many of our students present their research at statewide, regional, and even international conferences!
- Join organizations that help foster your interests. Research focused students enjoy the monthly Research Club meetings at which research ideas are discussed. Students in the active chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology, perform many service activities including Box City, Big Pink Volleyball, and K9's and Kritters on Kampus and listen to great talks from community agency representatives.
- Choose a format that works for your schedule. Many of the courses can be taken in face-to-face or online formats. Graduate students on the General Psychology Track can complete their program entirely online. Marriage & Family and Counseling Track courses are only offered in a face-to-face format.