History of the Department
A Brief History of Psychological Science at Central Missouri
The Department of Psychological Science was established in the 1960's as the Department of Psychology and Counselor Education. A strong undergraduate program was developed. The primary focus of the graduate program at that time was to train master's degree psychologists for licensure by the State of Missouri and to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs. An undergraduate functional major in rehabilitation psychology produced a large number of graduates.
When the master's level psychologist licensure law was eliminated in 1989, the department changed its applied focus from preparing master's level psychology practitioners to master's level counselors. In the 1990's, a program was designed so that students who completed a prescribed sequence of courses and an internship were eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from the State of Missouri.
In 1999, the emphasis changed again as the department was also reorganized and renamed, establishing a traditional psychology department. The undergraduate and graduate programs were re-focused on the science of Psychology. In 2011, the department's name was changed from the Department of Psychology to the Department of Psychological Science.
Today's Department of Psychological Science
The current focus of the Department of Psychological Science is to offer science-based bachelor's and master's degree programs. The graduate program prepares students for advanced graduate study and a variety of careers that utilize acquired psychological knowledge (e.g., research design and analysis) and skills (e.g., behavioral assessment and psychological testing). The Department of Psychological Science does not train professional counselors.
The department is highly supportive of faculty-student research, student organizations, faculty development, and student success. Availability of laboratory facilities and an emphasis on student mentoring emerge as particular strengths of the department.