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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Psychology M.S. with Applied Social Issues Concentration

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This applied approach focuses on the Social Issues Concentration. Psychologist Kurt Lewin called for social science researchers to connect theory with real-world social problems when he said, "There is nothing so practical as a good theory." Through coursework exposure to current psychological scholarship on social issues and its application to real-world problems, students gain access to strategic approaches for addressing social issues in research, teaching, community, and non-profit settings. Success and invaluable experience will provide guidance in future years of applied social issues work. Students will learn how psychology research informs social justice action and social policy efforts for challenging group disparities. Some social issues addressed by the concentration include prejudice/stereotyping/discrimination, oppression and privilege, social forces affecting marginalized groups (e.g., LGBT community, people of color, women), poverty, conflict mediation, activism, and advocacy.

Applying to the Program

For Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 we are not currently accepting students into this concentration.

Students wishing to apply to the Applied Social Issues concentration must be admitted to the Psychology Master's program and also formally apply to ASI. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Beth Hentges, hentges@uhcl.edu. All application materials will be submitted via email as well. Only students formally admitted to ASI are approved to use the ASI candidate plan of study.

Degree Requirements

Research and Statistics (6 hours)
Select PSYC 6035 and one other course.
PSYC 6035 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6036 Advanced Nonexperimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6037 Advanced Experimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Core Psychology Courses (9 hours)
Select THREE of the following courses. 
PSYC 5031 Human Growth and Development
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5235 Learning Principles
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6134 Biological Basis of Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6832 Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
Required Social Issues Courses (6 hours)

 For PSYC 5532, the following may be substituted: SOCI 5532

For PSYC 5533, the following may be substituted: WGST 5533

PSYC 5532 Advanced Social Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5533 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6035 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours: 3
Social Issues Electives (9 hours)

Choose THREE of the following courses: 

For PSYC 5534, the following may be substituted: SOCI 5333

For PSYC 5438, the following may be substituted: WGST 5438

CRCL 5131: choose this course if you have not already taken the undergraduate course in Women in Society.

CRCL 5131 Gender, Culture, and Power
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5732 U.S. Social Movements
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5438 Development of Gender and Racial Identity
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5035 Human Rights and Social Justice
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5136 Women and the Law
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5137 Race and the Law
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5337 Complex Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5433 Social Conflict and Mediation
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5435 Gendered Inequality: Work and Family
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5633 American Immigration Studies
Credit Hours: 3

Master's Option

Choose ONE of the following options.
For thesis and project, complete a minimum of 6 hours. For internship, complete a minimum of 6 hours plus PSYC 5135.
PSYC 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6839 Master's Project Research
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3