Program of Study

This listing is meant to give prospective students an idea of the course work available and will undergo change. Please see the Fall 2019 Critical Social Psychology Student Handbook for more detailed information on milestone and requirements.

[Note: Starting September 2012, Critical Social/Personality Psychology and Environmental Psychology share curriculum planning and courses.]

Year I

  • Two semesters of Historic and Critical Foundations of Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology*
  • Two semesters of statistics, including Critical Statistics*
  • One semester of Research Epistemology, Ethics, and Research Design*
  • One semester of Qualitative and Mixed Methods*
  • Brown Bag*
  • History Research Lab*
  • First Doctoral Examination* [FIRST DOCTORAL EXAM]

Year II

  • Second Year Research Project*
  • Environmental Social Science III: Social and Cultural Theories*
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods*
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods*
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Social Science **
  • Brown Bag*
  • The Teaching of Psychology
  • Electives

Note: Students may pursue a Masters in Public Health; Certificate in Africana Studies or Women’s Studies; or pursue courses in CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies)

Sampling of Electives within and beyond Psychology:

  • Occupying Home
  • Social (In)justice
  • Sustainability
  • Liberation Psychology
  • Group Relations: A Racial and Cultural Focus
  • Sexuality Theory
  • Ethnography
  • The Ethnography of Space and Place
  • Space Wars
  • Critical Methods
  • Modules in Interview, Participatory Action Research, Participant Observation, Visual Methods,
  • Mapping
  • Youth Marginalization
  • Discourse Theory
  • Visual Methods
  • Critical Mapping
  • Doing Narrative Analysis
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Supportive Settings and Restorative Environments
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Corporations and Health


  • Complete Second Year Project
  • Electives
  • Second Doctoral Examination [SECOND DOCTORAL EXAM]
  • Dissertation Proposal


[*required; **required only for students specializing in environmental psychology]

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