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.