The facilities of the Department of Psychology include special computerized laboratories for the study of such topics as audition, vision, learning, cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and electrophysiological correlates of various behaviors. There are soundproofed and anechoic test rooms and test rooms with one-way windows. The department maintains animal laboratories and surgical facilities in the Animal Resources Center and has a separate building for research in developmental psychology.
Members of the Department of Psychology are associated with the Center for Perceptual Systems, programs in cognitive science and neuroscience, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.
Graduate work is offered in the following areas of specialization: behavioral neuroscience; sensory neuroscience; cognition and perception; clinical psychology; developmental psychology; individual differences and evolutionary psychology; and social and personality psychology. Students are admitted for graduate work in one of these areas. The program in clinical psychology has been approved by a committee set up by the American Psychological Association to assess graduate training in this area.
A brochure containing additional information about the graduate program is available from the graduate adviser.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.
Master of Arts
The graduate program in psychology is designed primarily to lead to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Students intending to earn the doctoral degree may enroll for the Master of Arts with special permission. The department's requirements for the Master of Arts include the first statistics course and the core courses for the doctoral degree, listed in the next paragraph, plus fulfillment of the general requirements of the Graduate School. A thesis is required.
Doctor of Philosophy
Graduate training in the Department of Psychology is flexible, and every effort is made to permit students to take courses that fit their own interests and goals. Thus, individual students may engage in considerable work in computer sciences, biology, sociology, mathematics, or other fields. All graduate students must complete at least two advanced statistics courses, one to be taken during the first year, and four core courses, including at least one in each of the following core topics: (1) physiological psychology, comparative psychology, learning and motivation; (2) psycholinguistics, perception, cognition, cognitive development; and (3) abnormal psychology, individual differences, social psychology, personality psychology, social and personality development. Two core courses must be taken the first year; the remaining requirements must be fulfilled during the first three years.
Students are formally evaluated by the entire faculty at the end of the first year. This evaluation is based on the student's performance in the first-year core courses and other coursework, demonstration of research aptitude, and, when appropriate, potential for professional competence. In subsequent years, students are expected to demonstrate competence in their area of specialization, develop research skills, and, when appropriate, develop professional skills. Each of the areas has established criteria for evaluating student performance.
The department's general requirements for the doctoral degree include completion of the core courses and other appropriate courses, completion of area requirements, and preliminary and final oral examinations related to a dissertation that gives evidence of the student's ability to carry out independent investigation in the major field. Clinical students are also expected to complete an internship and to demonstrate ultimate suitability for the practice of professional psychology.Further information about requirements for the doctoral program is available from the graduate adviser and the heads of the areas of specialization.
Campus address: Mezes Hall (MEZ) 312, phone (512) 471-3785, fax (512) 471-6175; campus mail code: B3800
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1189
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