Mission & History


We engage in research and teaching that earn national and international recognition, particularly in the area of the health and life sciences. We deliver the highest quality educational opportunities to a diverse array of graduate and undergraduate students, helping them to think scientifically about behavior and preparing them for a wide range of careers. We provide meaningful service that benefits the campus, the city of Indianapolis, and beyond.

Vision and Core Values

We strive to be a premiere research department that is selected as a department of choice by students and faculty from around the world. Our faculty shall conduct world- class research, teaching, and service activities that develop and disseminate knowledge and contribute to the economic growth and social advancement of Indiana and the nation and benefit humanity as a whole.

We are guided by the following core values as we make decisions and engage in activities intended to bring us closer to this vision:

  • We are a dynamic and collaborative community of researchers and teachers that is deeply committed to the discovery and advancement of knowledge.
  • We promote the freedom to evolve in research directions that are determined by faculty and students, to pursue scientific inquiry and fulfill the institutional mission.
  • We consistently foster a sense of academic community among students, staff, and faculty.
  • We work aggressively to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, and help students to attain cultural competence through our teaching and our curricula.
  • We offer high-quality curricula supported by innovative learning technologies. 2

Brief History

The Department of Psychology was formed in 1969 when the Purdue University and Indiana University schools based in Indianapolis were administratively joined through the creation of the IUPUI campus. Psychology faculty, labs, and classrooms were initially based in facilities several miles away from the downtown campus – first in the Burger Chef building, and then in the Krannert Building, across from the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 1992, the School of Science moved to its current location on the main campus, on North Blackford St. Psychology has typically enrolled the highest numbers of undergraduates in the School of Science, averaging 500 active majors and 100 baccalaureate recipients per year. Students earn either BA or BS degrees through Purdue University, except for a brief period of time in the 1970s when students received IU degrees. Read more.