Areas of Study
Graduate Program of the Department of Psychology
Social Psychology Graduate Program
Overview of Social Psychology
Qualified candidates are attracted to Social Psychology's excellence in social and personality psychology research, its rigorous yet supportive training, and a good track record placing graduates into academia and other research careers.
The Social Psychology area focuses on interpersonal, intergroup and organizational processes. Our research explores a variety of topics including prejudice reduction, discrimination and racism, social value orientation, social dilemmas, perceived organizational support, intrinsic motivation, personality, individualism/collectivism, and cross-cultural differences. To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty, click on a name in the listing at the bottom of the page.
We have five faculty with international reputations who author and edit prestigious books; publish frequently in peer review journals; obtain research funding from the National Institutes for Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Army Research Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences; and sit on the editorial boards of the leading journals in our field. Faculty members have won prestigious awards including the Lewin Award (a career award for outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action); the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prizel the Distinguished Psychologist Award; and the Psi Chi Distinguished Lectureship.
The Social Psychology Program is a research-based training program that attracts both undergraduate and graduate students to join us in the excitement of research in social and personality psychology. Students work closely with faculty mentors to develop research skills; for example, a weekly “Brown-Bag Series” provides a platform to discuss current research activities with faculty in a supportive environment that builds confidence and provides constructive feedback. The training students receive prepares them for a variety of careers, principally in academic institutions, business settings, and other settings where strong skills in research methodology and statistical analysis and their applications to social interaction are desirable. We have a good track record of placing our undergraduate students into graduate school and a variety of careers, and placing our graduate students into academic departments as well as a variety of business, organizational and research settings.
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