The Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology was founded in 1928. Over the years, the primary focus of the department has shifted from clinical to empirical psychology. At the present time, the department currently has programs in the areas of cognitive psychology, developmental/personality psychology, social psychology, quantitative psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology.
The teaching missions of the undergraduate psychology program are:
- To provide a major that presents psychology as a laboratory and rational science of behavior and cognition
-To provide a major that is consonant with the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and exemplifies the best of a liberal arts degree by serving as a bridge between the scientific-quantitative modes of thought and the more traditional arts and humanities
-To maintain requirements and offer coursework that will prepare undergraduate majors for a wide variety of graduate training in the behavioral sciences, as well as professional training in the health professions, law, and beyond
The teaching missions at the graduate level are:
-To provide a required core of survey courses in experimental psychology and statistics that serve to give a broad knowledge of scientific psychology and research methodology
-To provide conditions that will foster a research training program for behavioral and cognitive scientists that is comparable to the best experimental psychology programs in the country
The department provides research training by means of a curriculum that requires graduate students to be involved in research beginning with their first enrollment and continuing every semester thereafter.
Professors: Kirby Gilliland, Scott Gronlund, Jorge Mendoza, Michael Mumford, Carolin Showers, Michael Wenger, Ryan Brown, Shane Connelly, Eric Day;
Associate Professors: Eugenia Cox-Fuenzalida, Mauricio Carvallo, Sowon Hahn, Nicole Judice-Campbell, Daniel Kimball, Jennifer Kisamore, Lara Mayeux, Lori Snyder, Brigitte Steinheider, Robert Terry;
Assistant Professors: Jennifer Barnes, Taehun Lee, Harong Song, Lauren Ethridge;
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Information on both undergraduate and graduate programs is included. However, the general information contained in this section mainly covers undergraduate study. For additional information on graduate programs, individual documents detailing each graduate program are available from the Graduate College and their website at http://www.ou.edu/content/admissions/home/requirements/graduate.html. This information is updated yearly and should be referred to for graduate program requirements
Facilities and Programs
The laboratory and teaching facilities of the Department of Psychology are housed primarily in a social science complex. In this complex, modern research laboratories exist for human learning, cognitive processes, physiological experimental personality, social psychology, and quantitative analysis and measurement. The I/O psychology program has a large amount of dedicated research space. This space is designed to support a variety of relevant research activities. Specifically, this space provides graduate students with the resources needed for data collection, data management, data analysis, and general computer use.
The Department of Psychology possesses excellent computing facilities and state-of-the-art electronic instruments for psychological research. Laboratories are equipped with over 50 networked PCs. A dedicated system administrator maintains the departmental computer resources.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
At the undergraduate level, the department offers scholarships of $500 annually. The TOPS-General Psychology and TOPS-Quantitative Psychology scholarships are due the first Friday in February. Students with at least junior standing and a superior record in coursework are encouraged to apply through the department. Outstanding students with a career interest in psychology are strongly encouraged to join the Psi Chi National Honorary Society and/or to become student members of one or more of the state, regional and national psychological associations.
At the graduate level, the department has been able to support most of those wishing to be supported in recent years. Summer support is available on a competitive basis. Each applicant is automatically considered for a graduate assistantship in the department. Graduate assistantships are typically accompanied by partial or full waiver of the out-of-state tuition differential.
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