The undergraduate program has two homes. One is in Fordham College on the Rose Hill campus located in the Bronx. The other is in Fordham College Lincoln Center, located in Manhattan. Evening classes are conducted on both campuses in Fordham College of Liberal Studies. While these locations share members of the faculty, professors tend to have one college that serves as their home base. Similarly, while students are accepted into one college or the other, students are invited to take classes at both of the campuses.
Fordham's Jesuit educational tradition emphasizes both academic excellence and the development of the whole person. Students are challenged to develop a capacity for critical thinking and a willingness to submit their efforts to clear and high standards. At the same time, students are also challenged to understand the ethical dimensions of personal and professional life and to examine their own values, attitudes, and beliefs.
In the Department of Psychology, the emphasis on critical thinking is communicated to students through a set of clear and high expectations that challenge students to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes. Through a common, comprehensive, and structured baccalaureate curriculum, students are exposed to the core content areas of psychological science. The breadth of content includes basic and complex processes, which are covered in a developmental sequence. Students are taught to distinguish observations from conclusions, to synthesize the basic and applied aspects of psychology, to evaluate research methods, and to speak and write clearly in the discourse of the discipline. Through the capstone experience, students are challenged to expand their acquired knowledge base within psychology and in relation to other disciplines. A sensitivity to cross-cultural differences and the necessity of their consideration in psychological research and practice is fostered across the curriculum. The successful implementation of these clear and high expectations is assessed at regular intervals by means of multiple measures of student learning, both within courses and department-wide.
Through classroom instruction, advising, and supervision of student research and practica experiences, students are challenged to explore questions of values and ethics. Students are informed and encouraged to learn about the multiple applications of psychological science to the service of others, and especially those whose human dignity is most threatened in our society. Students are likewise encouraged and mentored through service opportunities, to integrate their knowledge of psychology, its processes and applications, with their own developing values and beliefs.