Department of Psychology Becomes Department of Psychological Sciences

The name change reflects the nature of this highly interdisciplinary and collaborative field of study.


The Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University recently has changed its name to the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Lee Cohen, chairman of the department, said the name change is part of a current trend in the United States to more accurately describe the field.

“Psychology has become a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative field,” Cohen said.  “As research questions become more and more complex, no single discipline is equipped to handle them alone. Take, for example, the field of neuroscience. Psychology is involved, along with biology, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics and engineering. I also think it highlights the fact that our faculty are more research-based than other disciplines may give us credit. Many of our faculty are gifted in statistics, research methodology, and some have worked with various biological markers in their research including genetic data.”

Other universities that have made similar changes to their name include Vanderbilt, the University of Missouri, Purdue University, Kansas State University, and the University of Arkansas.

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The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.