The Department of Psychology and Sociology


Dr. Christine Reiser-Robbins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology has received the Daniel E. Kilgore Award from the Nueces County Historical Society. The award was established in 2004 in memory of Mr. Kilgore for the purpose of "recognizing meritorious service to the NCHS and/or for the promotion and preservation of local and regional history." Her husband Mark was a co-recipient. The Historical Society indicated that it was the first time they had ever presented the award to a husband-and-wife team.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the College of Arts & Sciences held the 2016-2017 faculty & staff awards reception at the John E. Conner Museum. The following honorees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the college & university.

William J. Hall Faculty Award
Dr. Donald W. Daughtry, Department of Psychology & Sociology

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarly & Creative Production
Dr. Richard Miller, Department of Psychology & Sociology

Dean’s Staff Excellence Award
Ms. Lisa Martinez, Department of Psychology & Sociology

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Answering life's most important questions

Welcome to the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Our disciplines are engaged in the scientific study of behavior. We seek to understand how people think and act, both as individuals and in groups. The Department excels in undergraduate and graduate teaching We offer undergraduate majors in criminology, psychology, and sociology and minors in anthropology and Southwest borderland studies. We offer graduate programs in psychology, counseling, criminology and sociology.

Our students come from all over the world. Many of our faculty are award-winning professors who involve students in cutting-edge research.  Faculty and students conduct research on a wide range of topics and engage in interdisciplinary research with colleagues in the College of Business, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our Student Learning Goals are:

  1. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge base (basic knowledge of their chosen discipline).
  2. Students will be familiar with the research methodology for furthering ideas, theory, and knowledge within the discipline.
  3. Students will be able to communicate their knowledge clearly through both spoken and written media.
  4. Students will apply their knowledge with:
    • Tolerance of conflicting viewpoints.
    • Critical thinking approaches.
    • Appropriate professional and scientific ethics and values.
  5. Students will be prepared for future academic and/or professional endeavors. The development of faculty and students as both learners and creators of knowledge takes place in a variety of venues: lectures, laboratories, seminars, conferences, journals, advising sessions, and committee meetings.

In addition to a quality education, our department strives to create a community. Faculty members know their students well.  We keep in touch with many students after they graduate. Students create life-long friendships, not just in class but also through participation in our active student clubs and honor societies, including Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology, Psychology Club, Sociology Club, and the Anthropology Club, whose members engage in a variety of social and civic activities.

You are welcome you to explore our Department and learn more about our programs.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Psychology and Sociology is committed to the goals of a liberal education emphasizing human growth and intellectual development through an understanding of individual behavior, social interaction and cultural awareness at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The various programs in the department are geared specifically to the professional preparation of social scientists and practitioners in the areas of human ecology and demography, gender and minority relations, families and children, Mexican American culture and Folklore, U.S.-Mexico borderland studies, industrial organization, health and physiology, abnormal and deviant behavior, counseling, psychometrics, gerontology, and criminology.

The department promotes critical analyses and creative approaches surrounding the socioeconomic development of South Texas by investigating issues and providing services impacting the regional Hispanic population. It provides a comprehensive level of quality instruction, research, and community involvement. By doing so it supports the academic, research, and service goals of the College of Arts and Sciences and the mission of the University.

The department of Psychology and Sociology offers undergraduate majors and minors in Criminology, Psychology, Sociology; and minors in Anthropology and Southwest Borderland Studies. The department also offers Master's degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Criminology.

This page was last updated on: May 8, 2017