Texas A&M University-Kingsville


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 and Sociology, as well as graduate courses in the interdisciplinary supporting area of Gerontology.

News and Events:

Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Hannon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology who has just been awarded $410,000.00+ four- year grant from the National Institute of Health to study illiteracy. To date, although numerous studies suggest that inefficient word decoding skills are a source of poor reading and illiteracy it is clear that even if children do have efficient word identification-decoding skills they can still score poorly on assessments of reading because of weak or inefficient processes that are used for comprehending text. The goal of Dr. Hannon’s research is to assess both work-level and comprehension processes in preschoolers and then determine whether these assessments predict their future reading performance (i.e., when children are 7-8 years old). The results of the present study will provide a strong foundation of knowledge for identifying potential problems in reading comprehension before a child begins to read. Moreover, such knowledge should allow uis to reduce illiteracy because it can be used to create intervention programs that foster the development of comprehension processes in pre- and beginning readers (identification intervention).

Dr. Hannon is currently looking for children to participate in her study!! If you have a child or children who are 4.5 to 6 years old and have no learning disabilities she would love to have them participate in her study. The child will receive a $15.00 gift package for completing the 2.25 hour study. Please contact her at Brenda.hannon@tamuk.edu and leave your name and phone number. She will answer all of your questions.


This page was last updated on: September 15, 2014