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Chairperson: Todd K. Shackelford
Main Office: 111 Pryale Hall
Main Phone: (248) 370-2300
Dept. Fax: (248) 370-4612

Undergraduate Program
Chief Academic Adviser:
  Mary B. Eberly Lewis
Adviser Phone: (248) 370-2300

The Department of Psychology undergraduate advising is open to all majors, minors, or non-majors seeking information about becoming a major, courses within the major, and guidance regarding other questions about becoming involved and planning for the future as a major in psychology. Full-time faculty members are available for advising hours most days of the week.  Please call the Main Office in the Department of Psychology to set up an advising appointment.

For questions regarding the equivalency of transfer courses, please see Oakland University's website for community college and 4-year university equivalency. Should you have a course that has not yet been evaluated (that is, not currently listed on the transfer equivalency guide), please submit a “Transfer Course Review Form” on the Oakland University registrar’s website. The Chief Academic Adviser is also available to answer additional questions. 

Most of the official forms needed by students majoring in psychology are available both in the distribution bins located near the front door of Pryale Hall and on the Advising Forms page found within the Advising section of this website. Detailed explanations of independent projects classes such as research apprenticeships, readings and research projects, and field experiences can also be found here.

A pamphlet titled "Majoring in Psychology at Oakland University" is available in the department office and online by clicking on the link. An abbreviated form of this pamphlet can be found at the Advising Info pages of this website. Students planning to major in psychology should obtain a copy of this pamphlet, which offers suggested programs of study. Students are also encouraged to learn more about and become active participants in the OU chapter of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Keith Williams
Phone: (248) 370-2308

The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The psychology curriculum is structured to meet the needs of four types of students interested in majoring in psychology: students who plan to find employment after obtaining the bachelor's degree, students who plan to go to graduate school in psychology or a related field, students who plan to enter a field other than psychology that requires further formal training and students who have a general interest in psychology.

For individuals looking to teach at Oakland University, please contact Dr. Keith Williams. Oakland University requires adjunct instructors to have a Master's degree.

Graduate Programs
Director of Graduate Studies:
Virgil Zeigler-Hill
Phone:  (248) 370-2676

The Department of Psychology offers MS and Ph.D. programs. These graduate programs are intended to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become successful consumers and producers of psychological science. Psychology is a broad discipline that interfaces with the biological and social sciences and our programs are organized around two concentrations that together encapsulate the breadth of psychological science: (1) Biological and Basic Processes and (2) Social and Behavioral Processes. These concentrations represent two broad areas that focus on phenomena from different orientations in moderately overlapping but distinguishable content areas. Students seeking the MS degree will be broadly exposed to the content and methods in both concentrations. Students seeking the Ph.D. degree will have similar broad exposure to both concentrations which will be extended by an intensive inquiry specialized in one concentration. As a result, students in the Ph.D. degree program will apply for admission in one concentration (either the Biological and Basic Processes concentration or the Social and Behavioral Processes concentration) whereas students in the MS degree program will be required to distribute their course work across these concentrations. For additional information concerning these programs, please see the link on the menu to the left of your screen titled "Graduate Programs."

Department of Psychology
111 Pryale Hall
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2300
fax: (248) 370-4612



Check out what's happening in the October Newsletter!

We're hiring! The Psychology Department is looking for an Assistant/Associate Professor (open area). Check out the job ad for more information!

Upcoming Events:
November 4, 2014: Lunch Bunch: Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler. Psychology Conference Room, 12-1PM.

November 17, 2014: Lunch Bunch: Justin Mogilski. Heritage Room, 12-1PM.

05/29/14 - Research explores spitefulness, an understudied 'dark' personality trait
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02/15/14 - Students present undergraduate research at national conference
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