Social Psychology spans several areas of research, including emotion, motivation, social cognition, social neuroscience, social influence, self-regulation, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, and personality and social behavior. The Ph.D. program in Social Psychology is strongly committed to educating and training graduate students in these areas for academic careers at leading research institutions.
The program offers hands-on, apprenticeship-based training. Graduate students spend much of their time working closely with faculty and other graduate students on research projects. Graduate student training is organized by the core Social faculty, but is augmented by affiliated faculty members and others.
The Social program has a 2:1 student-faculty ratio, allowing students to receive close and detailed mentoring from faculty members. Students become heavily involved in research immediately upon arrival at Texas A&M. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research interests and projects and to become increasingly independent researchers during their graduate careers.
Over the past decade, all graduates of the Social program have obtained jobs immediately upon graduation. Most found their first jobs at major U. S. institutions, leading foreign institutions, or well-regarded private liberal arts colleges.
As a group, the Social faculty has received multiple federal research grants from agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Members of the Social faculty have served as editors or associate editors of major journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
The Social program supports an active speaker series that brings to campus many faculty members from other universities each year. This series provides exposure to different perspectives on the field and the opportunity to network with professors at other institutions.