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Experimental Psychology: Social Psychology

Curriculum Overview

For all doctoral programs in the Experimental Psychology Division, a minimum of 81 semester hours (post bachelors), including at least 51 semester hours of substantive coursework, continuous enrollment and a minimum of 18 hours of research (Psy 7000), and a minimum 12 hours of dissertation credit are required for the Ph.D. A minimum of 12 hours in human factors, or social, or cognitive/applied cognitive psychology constitutes a specialization. Electives restricted to courses in the Experimental Psychology Division, and free electives fill out the program and allow for additional specialized training or a more broad-based program depending on the student’s program and/or preferences.

Doctoral Curriculum

Psychology Department Breadth Requirements
Students take one course in each of the following core areas:

  • Developmental bases of behavior
  • Social bases of behavior
  • Biological bases of behavior
  • Cognitive bases of behavior

Psychology Department Statistics Requirements
Students take three courses, including:

  • ANOVA
  • Regression
  • Structural Equation Modeling or another advanced statistics course

Social Psychology Requirements
Students take four additional courses in social psychology. Options include:

  • Social psychology
  • Research methods in social psychology
  • Attitudes and persuasion
  • Automaticity
  • The self
  • Emotion

Experimental Psychology Requirements
Students take four additional courses in experimental psychology, which may include additional courses in social psychology.

Free Electives
Students take one additional course in any area of psychology or any other field.