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.

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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. Join us in Answering Life’s Most Important Questions!

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Our department was well represented at the 2015 Texas A&M System-wide Pathways Conference.  Of the eleven TAMUK poster presentations in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 7 were from our department.  Of the three oral presentations from TAMUK, Cassie Gonzales, psychology major, was the only undergraduate to present. One of our students, Nathaniel Marino received the 2nd Place Award for undergraduate social science research. Congratulations to our outstanding students.

Cassandra Gonzales
Exploring The Bilingual Advantage On Selective Inhibition: EEG And Behavioral Indices
Dr. Byrd, faculty mentor

April Gonzalez
Examining The Relationships Between Beginning Readers’ Reading Habits And Performance On Multiple-Choice Questions Using Eye-Tracking Technology
Dr. Hannon, faculty mentor

Michelle Hernandez
Using Eye-Tracking Technology To Examine Beginning Readers’
Patterns On Multiple-Choice Questions
Dr. Hannon, faculty mentor

Nathaniel Marino
Why Do We Believe? Locus Of Control As A Predictor Of Religious Belief
Dr. Miller, faculty mentor

Anthony Martinez
EEG And Behavioral Evidence Of Different Cognitive Processing Of Hedonic And Utilitarian Stimuli During Online Shopping
Dr. Byrd, faculty mentor

Meghan Milecky
Campus Rape Prevention: Characteristics, Causes And Widespread Adoption
Dr. Han, faculty mentor

Iris Rivera
Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) Usage To Determine Differences In Mental Effort Between Overt And Covert Modes Of The Tower Of London Problem Solving Task
Dr. Byrd and Ms. Sherman, faculty mentors

Joseph Soza and Dylan Dimock
Detection Of Inaccurate Information In Semantic Illusions Using Eye-Tracking Technology
Dr. Hannon, faculty mentor

This page was last updated on: January 6, 2016