Students in this joint program become familiar with social and personality psychology through a one-year proseminar for first-year graduate students. Students then focus on preferred aspects of the field. The program is designed to encourage the development of quantitative skills and a theoretical background suitable for research. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research and university teaching.
Social psychology concerns itself with the effects of other people on the individual as well as with interaction between persons. Personality psychology is concerned with the ways individuals perceive, act upon, and understand their respective worlds as they seek to establish adaptive life modes. The joint, integrated program provides training in six core areas:
(1) self, identity, and culture
(2) social cognition
(3) emotion, motivation, and health
(4) personality processes and adult development
(5) interpersonal and intergroup relations
(6) groups and organizations