The Faculty of Psychology can boast a long academic tradition that commenced with the pioneering spirit of the founder of the University Father Agostino Gemelli. With his Psychology Laboratory, inaugurated at the beginning of the last century, he contributed decisively to the progress of this discipline in Italy.
The Psychology Laboratory (1924), the Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Occupational Psychology (1955), the Institute of Psychology (1958), the Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Psychology (1964), the Department of Psychology (1983), the degree in Psychology (1993), the Graduate School of Psychology “Agostino Gemelli” (2001) and the Doctoral School in Psychology (2004) are the impressive results of this noble vision. The Faculty of Psychology, founded in 1999, now holds a leading position in the university world and in the quality assessment rankings, being classified amongst the first two hundred internationally (source: QS World University Ranking, 2018) and ranked as above average on the Italian educational standings (sources: Università Cattolica Evaluation Unit and Alma Laurea, 2016-2017).
The Faculty’s historical values are still upheld today and they underpin the future by offering an academic experience that is:
- attentive to the person and to real-life contexts;
- anchored to progress in the most qualified and current international scientific research;
- open to dialogue with other sciences (biology, philosophy, human sciences ...);
- pluralist in respect to the schools and to the theoretical and methodical orientations present in the discipline;
- interested in applications and interventions that psychological knowledge can sustain.
It could be said that our Faculty is the result of the decantation of a very long tradition: an incredible legacy which exemplifies a broad culture based on a multiplicity of disciplines, ranging from medicine to philosophy, which enables the student to question knowledge and progress in their learning. The generative miracle of our Faculty is the extraordinary collaboration between scholars and different disciplines which has resulted in a broad and long-term perspective project of which the students have always been, and still are, the real protagonists.