Social Psychology Curriculum


Students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Psychological Science may specialize in social psychology. The graduate faculty in social psychology share common interests in stereotyping, social stigma, and intergroup relations.

Ph.D. students in social psychology must complete the requirements in psychological science, which include:

Coursework includes:

  • PSYC 609 – Univariate Statistics I
  • PSYC 611 – Univariate Statistics II
  • PSYC 613 – Multivariate Statistics
  • PSYC 723 – Professional Issues in Psychology
  • Any three "core" courses (numbered 700-710) which include Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, and Biological Psychology
  • Elective courses to reach 48 credits, such as Stereotyping and Prejudice, Social Stigma, Attitudes, Intergroup Relations, Structural Equation Modeling, Children of Color, Stress and Trauma

Research includes

  • Students must complete an empirical Master's Thesis; the M.S. degree is awarded en route to the Ph.D., when students have earned at least 24 graduate credits and successfully have defended the thesis.
  • After completing the M.S., students complete the preliminary examination comprising a one day in-house examination of developing expertise in the theories and methods of social psychology AND either a NRSA-style grant proposal or Psychological Bulletin-type literature review
  • After successfully completing preliminary examinations, students complete an empirical Ph.D. dissertation.


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