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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
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Master of Arts
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Facilities for Graduate Work

The Department of Psychology is located in the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building. Except for laboratories in behavioral neuroscience, which are housed in the Animal Resources Center across the street, the Seay Building houses all the activities of the department. State-of-the-art computer networking is integrated into the building; there are computer facilities, computerized laboratories, and technological support for students and faculty members. Laboratory facilities include environmental control of sound, light, and temperature, with vibration-free areas for auditory and vision research. A number of specialized research centers are located in the building, including the Children's Research Laboratory, the Institute for Neuroscience, the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Human Factors Research Project, the Center for Cognitive Science, the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, the Female Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory, and the Clinical Training Clinic.

Graduate students and faculty members in the Department of Psychology participate in research programs with graduate students and faculty members in the graduate program in human development and family sciences, also housed in the Seay Building, and in many other fields, including biological sciences, communication, computer sciences, educational psychology, kinesiology, linguistics, pharmacy, and sociology. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research provide additional collaborative opportunities.

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Areas of Study

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 the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Duane G. Albrecht
Adriana A. Alcantara
Christopher G. Beevers
Rebecca Bigler
Clarke A. Burnham
Arnold H. Buss
David M. Buss
Caryn L. Carlson
Leslie B. Cohen
Lawrence K. Cormack
David P. Crews
Yvon Delville
Randy L. Diehl
Michael P. Domjan
Catharine H. Echols
Kim Fromme
Wilson S. Geisler III
David L. Gilden
Francisco Gonzalez-Lima
Samuel D. Gosling
Robert L. Helmreich
Charles J. Holahan
George W. Holden
Aletha C. Huston
Ted L. Huston
Theresa Jones
Robert A. Josephs
Judith H. Langlois
Marc S. Lewis
Norman P. Li
Bradley C. Love
Peter F. MacNeilage
W. Todd Maddox
Arthur B. Markman
Dennis McFadden
Richard P. Meier
Cindy May Meston
James W. Pennebaker
Manuel Ramirez III
Jane M. Richards
Juan A. Salinas
Timothy Schallert
Eyal Seidemann
Devendra Singh
Brian Stankiewicz
William B. Swann Jr.
Michael J. Telch
Walter Wilczynski
Jacqueline D. Woolley
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Degree Requirements

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 listed below, 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, principles of neuroscience, learning and motivation; (2) perception, cognition, cognitive development; and (3) abnormal psychology, individual differences and evolutionary psychology, 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.

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For More Information

Campus address: Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building (SEA) 4.312, phone (512) 471-3785, fax (512) 471-5935; campus mail code: A8000

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Psychology, 1 University Station A8000, Austin TX 78712



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