Graduate students in the program learn the theoretical and conceptual bases of social psychology, acquire strong methodological and statistical competencies, and develop critical skills in the areas of teaching and writing through course work, empirical research, and interactions with their major professor(s). Students and faculty disseminate their research through conference presentations and publications. Most social area graduate students obtain academic positions in universities and colleges, though some pursue career options in private research sectors. Historically, all graduate students in the social area have been fully funded as research and/or teaching assistants throughout their time in the program.
First year students become involved in the research programs of one or two social faculty immediately upon entering the program. The department prides itself on the relatively low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows for extensive individualized training. By the end of the first year, students are ready to begin the development of their master’s thesis research. Following the successful defense of their master’s thesis and completion of preliminary exams, each student works closely with her or his major professor, developing and carrying out a variety of research ideas, one of which culminates in the dissertation proposal. Students become increasingly independent throughout this process, and ultimately develop the competencies and experience to transition into faculty positions themselves. Admissions decisions are based on GRE scores, grades, prior research experience, letters of recommendation, and fit with faculty research interests.
Former Graduates (selected):
|Yueran Yang||2016||University of Nevada, Reno|
|Ceren Gunsoy||2016||Clemson University|
|Laura Smalarz||2015||Williams College (now at Arizona State University)|
|Kyle Scherr||2011||Western Michigan University|
|Muniba Saleem||2011||University of Michigan|
|Jennifer Willard||2008||Kennesaw State University|
|Michelle Stock||2007||George Washington University|
|Jonathan Gore||2005||University of Eastern Kentucky|
|Amy Bradfield||2001||Bates College|
|Pamela Bacon||2001||St. Benedict’s College/St. John’s University|
|Laura Madson||1996||New Mexico State University|
|Paul Windschitl||1996||University of Iowa|