The general social psychology track offers a comprehensive overview of the major content areas within social psychology. Students have the opportunity to take courses focusing on attitudes and persuasion, social cognition, stereotypes and prejudice, close relationships, and more. Within each class, students are exposed to both classic and contemporary research and complete assignments designed to help them build their own research skills.

Several electives are built into the program in order to allow students to customize their plan of study to meet their own unique career goals and interests. For instance, some students pursue elective coursework in criminal justice, sociology, health, education, and/or advanced statistics.

Students can also use their electives to further develop their research skills by conducting a thesis (recommended for students planning to pursue doctoral degrees), or to gain real world work experience by completing an internship (recommended for students planning to enter the workforce).

In total, this program requires you to earn 30 credit hours from courses in social psychology, educational psychology, counseling, and approved electives.

Graduates of this program are not eligible for licensing as mental health counselors in the state of Indiana.

Helpful resources: The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) is the site to find membership information, listing of scholarships and awards, and access to the APAGS listserv. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is the site to find membership information, publications, and the SPSP student listserv.

Program Requirements:

You can find full course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog. 

Courses to fulfill the social psychology requirement: take four courses from the following list.

SOPSY 610 - Social Psychology
Introduction to theories, findings, and methodology of social psychology.

SOPSY 615 - Social Cognition
Includes intensive examination of the current literature and theory of social psychology; gives particular attention to theories of social cognition and perception. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610.

SOPSY 620 - Group Dynamics
Research on and theory of behavior in small groups, effects on the individual of membership and participation in small and large groups, interaction of group structure and personality, and the effects of an individual on the group. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610.

SOPSY 640 - Social Psychology of Attitudes
Examines theoretical and assessment perspectives pertaining to the psychological concept of attitudes. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610.

SOPSY 655 - Counseling Applications of Social Psychology
Current social psychological theory and research on such topics as social cognition, person perception, and attitude formation and change. Implications for counseling psychology practice and research. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610.

SOPSY 660 - Contemporary Social Psychology
Selected areas of current interest in social psychology. Deals with contemporary research and publications from both foreign and American sources. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610.

Courses to fulfill the statistics requirement: one course from the following list.

EDPSY 641 - Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research
A basic statistical course for graduate students in education. Problems taken from the fields of education and psychology and include the computation, interpretation, and application of such statistical techniques as measures of central tendency, measures of variability, correlation techniques, validity and reliability, standard scoring techniques, probability, tests of significance, chi square, and analysis of variance.

EDPSY 642 - Intermediate Statistics
An extension of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics through basic statistical research designs, including analysis of variance and covariance. Prerequisite: PSYSC 241 or EDPSY 641 or a proficiency test administered within the department.


Research requirement:

CPSY 653 - Research in Counseling Psychology and Guidance
Students will investigate, summarize, and interpret research in counseling psychology and guidance. Each student will write and submit a research report to fulfill course requirements.


RES 697 - Research Paper
Must be taken for a total of 3 hours of credit. Offered credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: permission of the graduate advisor.

THES 698 - Thesis
Must be taken for a total of 6 hours of credit. Offered credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: permission of the graduate advisor.

SOPS 695- Internship                                                                                                       Must be taken for a total of 3 hours of credit. Prerequisite: permission of the graduate advisor.

12 credit hours from: Directed electives from ANTH, CPSY, EDPSY, PSYSC, SOC, SOPSY, THES; professionalisation of a teaching major or minor; or minors and electives.