Chairperson: Todd K. Shackelford
Main Office: 111 Pryale Hall
Main Phone: (248) 370-2300 or (248) 370-2301
Dept. Fax: (248) 370-4612
Chief Adviser: Mary Lewis
Adviser Phone: (248) 370-2300
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."
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.
Information for Majors
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 .
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.
Department of Psychology
111 Pryale Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
fax: (248) 370-4612
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