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The Department of Psychology

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It is in memorial to the foundation established through the struggles of Francis Cecil Sumner to obtain stature as a contributing psychologist that Lincoln University's Psychology Department has erected its mission. In 1915, Lincoln University awarded Francis C. Sumner his first B.A. with special honors in English, modern languages, Greek, Latin, and philosophy. This magna cum laude graduate returned to Lincoln University in 1916 as a graduate student and instructor of psychology and German. He was awarded the M.A. degree from Lincoln in 1917 and went on to eventually receive the Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University. The first person of African descent to be awarded the terminal degree in psychology on American soil led to his historic recognition as the Father of Black American Psychologists.

Remaining true to the example of a scholar whose skills encompassed interdisciplinary strengths, research methodology, social concern, scholarly productivity, and state-of-the-art training of African-American students has driven the spirit of our department. This spirit is found to be consistent with the overall mission of Lincoln University whose liberal arts and sciences base core curriculum harkens back tot he mission that produced Dr. Sumner, close to a century ago. Guided by our University wide and department specific roots of recognizing the varied educational roles that Lincoln must assume globally, nationally, technologically, pedagogically, and spiritually; the psychology department is committed to providing, assessing, and further developing curricula that fulfills or stakeholders' needs.

Our stakeholders are our students, their parents, our alumni, the postgraduate institutions of training that seek our students, the marketplace that needs and employs the skills our products bring, the commonwealth in which we reside and the broader community whom we touch and who touches us. Our mission entails keeping track of those skills required of our faculty and students in order to be of service and offer direction. The perspective role that faculty and students must assume is infused throughout the scholarly practice in order to advance the rights and privileges of those persons who have been historically disenfranchised and are in opposition to marginalization.





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