II. Statement of general policy
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology is committed to the discovery and understanding of personal and social processes and structures. It is organized as a selective program with areas of emphasis in social psychology that build on a foundation of exceptionally strong theoretical and methodological training. Areas of substantive focus will reflect a selection of faculty interests and strengths and thus may shift over time.
Among the major objectives of the Program are: the scholarly contribution to the body of knowledge of the scientific community and society; the attraction, retention, and development of high quality students; the fitting placement of graduates. Timely student progress through the program of instruction; judicious advisement of graduate students, and the socialization of students as responsible and productive members of the scientific, academic or professional communities, constitute a set of procedural objectives of the Program. In addition, the Program seeks to attract and retain top quality faculty, as reflected in their scholarship, funding, recognition, or promise. The program is committed to the search for outside research funding. Faculty FTE reside entirely in the home departments of the faculty. However, role statements of individual faculty may formally dedicate a share of their effort to the Program.
With respect to instruction, the Program will promote exceptional knowledge and scholarship, capitalizing on the special interdisciplinary precepts of the Program and on the areas of faculty specialization. The Program also fosters a variety of international connections to enrich the educational experience of its students and faculty. The Program is designed to prepare its students for careers in academia, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry. The Program is a rigorous one, and students can vary considerably in their preparation for its demands. Therefore, it is essential that effort be invested in their selection, guidance, and encouragement.
Research and scholarship by faculty and students constitute another important set of Program objectives. The Program will stimulate and promote scholarly research by faculty and graduate students, including significant participation in the preparation of research grants. The interdisciplinary nature of the Program creates a special scholarly perspective, and provides an expanded range of funding and publishing opportunities.
Program faculty and students participate in a variety of outreach activities. The Program will seek collaborative relationships with government agencies and private industry wherein its methodologically skilled students can provide needed services in return for internship experience and support. This programmatic development is consistent with a long history of applied research in social psychology.
The Program is committed to diversity and fairness in terms race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation, (dis)ability and religion. The inclusion of students from a variety of racial, ethnic, and gender groups will facilitate an awareness of the importance of culture and cultural differences in the social construction of reality, which is a basic tenet of social psychology.
The Program is committed to make available a variety of resources to its students and faculty. Among these resources are a computer lab, experimental software, graduate student office space, psychophysiological equipment, and financial support for conference travel. The Program coordinates with other units to capitalize on available expertise. Many areas of traditional social psychology are essential to the Program. Areas of specialization by the Program faculty include, but are not limited to:
- social psychology and health,
- social psychology and law/justice,
- personal and social relationships, and
- social psychology and organizational behavior.
Areas of specialization offer special opportunities to students for research but will vary as a function of faculty interests and specialties.