The Department of Counseling and Psychology has the primary mission of offering strong academic programs in psychology and the preparation of mental health professionals that serve the community and public school system. The undergraduate psychology program is designed to develop skills that will lead to life-long success in many professional fields including graduate study in psychology, and is designed to develop effective communication, critical thinking, and life-long learning skills in the context of acquiring knowledge in the field of psychology. The undergraduate program includes a two semester culminating senior thesis project that every student completes under the supervision of a faculty member to further develop these critical thinking and communication skills. At the graduate level, concentrations are offered in educational psychology, school psychology, school counseling, agency counseling, mental health counseling, and case management/supervision. The graduate program is designed to prepare people for careers in the mental health field. Instruction is a major component of the academic mission of the department in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. A committed faculty serves the programs through instruction, scholarly activity, and service aimed at providing high quality academic experiences for students. The department is strongly supportive of an environment that protects and promotes human welfare and equal opportunity. The department also serves the wider University Community, Upper Cumberland region, State, and Nation through research and public service.