Program requirements

The Social/Personality graduate program employs an “apprenticeship” model of research training in which students work closely with one or more faculty members. Students are encouraged to work on projects with people other than just their primary advisor(s). Each student is selected for his/her compatibility of research interests with one or more members of the Social/Personality faculty. The program is designed to expose students to social/personality research early in their graduate training and to equip them with the skills necessary for conducting their own high-quality research.

Graduate courses in the traditional areas of social and personality psychology are offered on a continuing basis and more specialized seminars are offered as well. Students are expected to take advantage of departmental courses and seminars in related interest areas such as clinical, cognitive, and developmental. All students are required to complete a one-year sequence in statistics and many will take additional departmental courses in those statistical techniques most relevant to their research interests.

Most students in Social/Personality take four courses (12 credits) in their first year of graduate studies: two 3-credit courses in statistics and 6 credits of social/personality coursework selected in consultation with their Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee comprises the student’s research supervisor and two additional faculty members chosen to assist in the student’s academic development. A written proposal for the MA Thesis is required by the spring of the first year. In their second year, students take one or more courses per term and present their completed MA thesis research at a departmental conference (Psychfest) held each May.

As part of the PhD requirements, students must successfully complete a minimum of two courses in Social/Personality, two breadth courses offered by other areas of the department, and a comprehensive examination. The Social/Personality comprehensive requirement consists of: (1) a 30-page Psychological Bulletin-type paper (this typically serves as the basis for the student’s PhD thesis research) and (2) a series of lectures in three broad areas of Social/Personality psychology.

All students attend a weekly Social/Personality Seminar, and give one research talk per year, for as long as they are in the program. Graduate students are encouraged to attend, and present papers at international scientific meetings such as SPSP, CPA, APA, APS, and WPA.

590 Survey of Social Psychology I (Intrapersonal Processes)
591 Survey of Social Psychology II (Interpersonal Processes)
525 Attitudes and Social Cognition
526 Individuals and Groups
527 Advanced Interpersonal Processes
528 Advanced Methods in Social/Personality Psychology
529 Special Topics (e.g., Culture, Stereotypes, the Self)
567 Personality Dimensions and Structure