Applied Social Psychology Track

The applied social psychology track examines the application of social psychology to organizational contexts, such as organizations and businesses. In this program, you will principally study social psychology, but you will also consider issues in management, testing, or personnel.

The program requires you to earn a total of 40 credit hours from courses in social psychology, educational psychology, counseling, psychology, management, and approved electives.

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

Students may be interested in some of the following links: 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.

You can find full course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

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

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 690 - Seminar in Applied Social Psychology
Advanced examination of how social psychology can be applied to problems or questions found in industrial, organizational, and health-care settings. Existing research will be reviewed and new approaches will be considered. Prerequisite: SOPSY 610; PSYSC 680 or CPSY 653.

PSYSC 573 - Industrial Psychology
Application of psychological principles to personnel selection and training, worker motivation and satisfaction, leadership, engineering psychology, and personnel problems in industry. Not open to students who have credit in PSYSC 373 or equivalent.

PSYSC 623 - Theories of Personality
Review and comparison of theories of the structure, development, dynamics, and assessment of normal personality, with emphasis on empirical data presented by proponents of various theoretical positions. Prerequisite recommended: PSYSC 241.

MGT 500 - Managing Organizational Behavior
Examines theoretical and practical foundations of managing organizational behavior. Discusses functions of management, principles of individual and group behavior, human resource management/law, special issues of managing behavior in organizations, including quality of work-life, and ethical and social responsibility. Prerequisite: admission to a graduate or certification program of the university. Not applicable toward the credit hours required for graduate degrees in the Miller College of Business. Not open to students who have credit in MGT 300 or equivalent.

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.

Either

PSYSC 680 - Research Methods in Psychology
Overview of research methods in psychology, including experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, single-case, and program evaluation techniques. Prerequisite: PSYSC 241, 284 or their equivalents; permission of the instructor.

Or:

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.

And:

Complete 12 hours in one area of emphasis. Courses that require prerequisites must be approved in advance by a memo from the social psychology program director.

Management area of emphasis:

BL 560 - Survey of Business Law
The nature, role, and historical development of the law: the structure and operation of our legal system. The essential elements of tort, contract, agency, and partnership law. Prerequisite: full admission to a graduate program of the university. Not open to students who have credit in BL 260.

ECON 509 - Survey of Economics
Micro- and macroeconomics for those without economics credit at the undergraduate level. Satisfies the prerequisite of courses requiring ECON 201 and 202, but is not acceptable as credit for meeting the requirements of any graduate degree in business administration. May not be used to satisfy an economics major area requirement for the master of arts in education degree. Not applicable toward credit hours required for graduate degrees in the Miller College of Business. Not open to students who have credit in ECON 201, 202.

FIN 500 - Corporation Finance
Principles underlying the financial mgt of nonfinancial corporations. Topics include: goals of the firm; financial planning, forecasting, and control; principles of valuation; investment decisions under certainty and uncertainty; capital structure decisions and cost of capital; dividend policy; management of current assets; sources of short-term funds and security law. Prerequisite: full admission to a graduate or certification program of the university; ACC 201 or 501 or equivalent. Not applicable toward the credit required for graduate degrees in the Miller COB. Not open to students who have credit in FIN 300 or equivalent.

MKG 505 - Survey of Marketing
A survey of marketing that reflects the social, economic, and international challenges facing marketing managers. Examines the roles of marketing in both society and business. Prerequisite: full admission to a graduate or certification program of the university.

PSYSC 574 - Organizational Development: A Psychological Perspective
Examines organization change and development techniques from the perspective of psychological theory and research. Emphasizes individual and team level interventions. Prerequisite: any one of PSYSC 373, 573; MGT 300, 500; or equivalents, or permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have credit in PSYSC 474 or equivalent.

SOPSY 695 - Internship in Applied Social Psychology
Experience in applied social psychological research in industrial, organizational, or health-care settings. Students will be jointly supervised by university and internship site staff. Normally taken for two consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: permission of the director of the MA program in social psychology.

Testing area of emphasis:

EDPSY 646 - Tests and Measurements
Educational and vocational tests and measurements used for measuring proficiency, aptitudes, interests, and personality traits, and their use in the complete educational program.

MGT 661 - Human Resources Management
Emphasizes the basic functions of human resource management including planning, job analysis, selection, training, compensation, evaluation, safety, labor relations, and international issues. A combination of lecture, discussion, applied exercises, and case analysis will be employed. Prerequisite: MGT 500 or equivalent; full admission to a graduate program of the university. Open only to Miller College of Business students or by permission of the Miller College of Business director of graduate programs.

PSYSC 575 - Psychology of Selection and Placement
Principles of personnel testing as applied to the selection and placement process. Focuses on the development of predictors and criteria, selection of an appropriate validation model, and the psychological dynamics of interview processes. Prerequisite: PSYSC 373, 573, or permission of the department chairperson.

SOPSY 695 - Internship in Applied Social Psychology
Experience in applied social psychological research in industrial, organizational, or health-care settings. Students will be jointly supervised by university and internship site staff. Normally taken for two consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: permission of the director of the MA program in social psychology.

Personnel area of emphasis:

CPSY 610 - Career Theories and Realities
Career development theories; relationship among career choice, life-style, and life-span development; psychosocial and reality considerations in life career development; and applications of theories and reality conditions to self and others.

CPSY 614 - Career Counseling, Assessment, and Interventions
Psychologists' and counselors' roles in using results from career-related assessment and diagnostic tools, intervention strategies related to career exploration, decision making, and life career adjustment; sources and application of career-development materials. Prerequisite: CPSY 610.

SOPSY 695 - Internship in Applied Social Psychology
Experience in applied social psychological research in industrial, organizational, or health-care settings. Students will be jointly supervised by university and internship site staff. Normally taken for two consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: permission of the director of the MA program in social psychology.

MBA 601 - Entrepreneurial Leadership and Ethical Reasoning
Assessment of each student's personal ethics, decision making, motivation, communication, team building, and leadership characteristics followed by creation of a personal developmental plan.  Emphasis on application of current leadership theories to leading innovation and managing operations within an entrepreneurial organization.  Ethical reasoning is taught in three modules: 1) critical thinking for ethical decision making; 2) ethical theories and frameworks; 3) corporate social responsibility.  Prerequisite: full admission to a graduate program in the MCOP; MGT 500; ISOM 551; or their equivalents.  Open only to Miller College of Business students or by permission of hte Miller College of Business director of graduate programs.

MGT 661 - Human Resources Management
Emphasizes the basic functions of human resource management including planning, job analysis, selection, training, compensation, evaluation, safety, labor relations, and international issues.  A combination of lecture, discussion, applied exercises, and case analysis will be employed.  Prerequisite: MGT 500 or equivalent; full admission to a graduate program of the university.  Open only to Miller College of Business students or by permission of the Miller College of Business director of graduate programs.

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