Social/Personality Psychology Graduate Programs
Social and personality psychologists study how both individual traits and social environment contribute to human behavior. They explore a wide range of issues, including racial prejudice, romantic attraction, aggression and violence, and conforming to social norms. They do this through laboratory research, clinical experiences, fieldwork, and even historical study.
Because the field is so heavily research-oriented, the majority of jobs in social and personality psychologists require graduate-level study – often practitioners may find it useful to earn a master’s degree or Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology. Students typically begin their master’s level graduate work with courses that introduce the various types of psychology as well as courses in research methods and statistics. Then, they typically proceed to more specialized courses in social and personality psychology, including those focused on human attitudes, small group interaction, cultural psychology, social judgment, and personality assessment. These courses help prepare them to pursue their own original research and complete a dissertation.