The Department of Psychology exposes students to the science of behavior, provides
a foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees in the field and in related disciplines,
and offers students multicultural perspectives for understanding human nature and
functioning at undergraduate and graduate levels. A unique multicultural programmatic
framework distinguishes our programs. The emphasis of this thrust is primarily, although
not exclusively, on the reconceptualization and application of psychology to the experiences
of people of African descent.
The psychology department’s programs grew out of the University’s recognition of the
need for more psychologically trained Black para-professionals, professionals and
scientists to address the critical shortage in the areas of human services education
and research. Additionally, in the wake of the 1960s there was a growing sensitivity
in American society regarding the importance of culture in mental health and human
behavior, especially where racial and cultural minorities were concerned. Given that
FAMU has a predominantly African-American student body, increased awareness of the
significance of culture led to the incorporation of an emphasis on African-American
cultural and minority issues into the curriculum and overall programmatic thrust of
The Department of Psychology strives to:
- Define African psycholgoical experiences from an African-centered perspective.
- In student training, proivde experiences to increase self-knowledge and self-acceptance
through an examination of our collective past, present and future.
- Prepare graduates of whom a large majority pursue and complete Ph.D. degrees.
- Prepare graduates of whom a large majority demonstrate self-acceptance which extends
to the acceptance of others and the uplifiting of our community.
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