From the outset, our graduate program emphasizes research training: Research and
course work are guided by an advisor and faculty committee that reflect the student's
interests. Each student is expected to participate in original research throughout the
four years of graduate study. In the first and second years, the results of these research
activities are formally presented to the Department in the spring semester. During the
first two years, students take a core-course sequence covering social/personality
psychology, developmental psychology, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience. More
specialized courses are taken in Psychology and across the University, depending on
the student's interest. The program culminates with proposing, completing, and defending
the Ph.D. thesis. Graduates of our Ph.D. program can be found in major research
universities, within colleges that emphasize teaching, and in applied psychological fields.
The Psychology Department offers three majors and a minor: a major in Psychology with
a B.S. or B.A. degree, a major in Cognitive Science with a B.S degree, and a unified
program in Psychology and Biology leading to a B.S. degree. Our teaching is popular not
only with majors but with many students in other departments. The department's courses
reflect its core interests in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience,
social/personality/health and developmental psychology. Students with interests in
clinical psychology will find that the science training they receive is excellent preparation
for a clinical graduate program, and additional course work in clinical areas is available.
Involving students in research is a major part of the training we offer. Psychology majors
take two courses in research methods. Many students become involved in faculty
research projects or independent research. Our students acquire not only a grounding
in the science of Psychology but general research and analytic skills.