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:
The Department Welcomes Four New Faculty (10/13/2014)
Our new Department chair is Dr. Rick Miller who joins us from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he served for 20 years as department chair. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in 1975 in social psychology from Northwestern University. He has taught at Georgetown University and the University of Cologne. He served for many years as the Director of applied behavioral science research projects for the Human Resources Research Organization in Heidelberg, Germany after which he set up a community college program for English speaking residents of Mallorca, Spain. He is the recipient of three national teaching awards including the CASE US Professor of the Year and the American Psychological Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
Dr. Daehoon Han received his Ph. D. in 2011 from the University of Missouri where he also worked at the Asian Affairs Center. His dissertation is entitled: A Transnational Religious Institution and Its Role on the Construction of Collective Agency”: A Case of Korean Military Brides in a Korean Immigrant Religious Institution. He joins the criminology faculty and will be teaching courses in victimology, delinquency, and policing and society. His research interests include transcultural movement, immigration and transnationalism as well as social control/deviance.
Dr. Nadia Hasan Ph.D, in counseling psychology from the University of Akron. She has previously taught at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the University of Houston-Downtown. In addition to teaching experience, Dr. Hasan brings considerable experience as a counselor. Her research has been published in The Counseling Psychologist and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Hasan has held several leadership positions with the American Psychological Association. She will be teaching course on the psychology of women, personality as well as psychometrics and psychopathology.
The latest addition to the sociology faculty is Dr. Soyoung Kwon who received her Ph. D. from Purdue University in 2012 after which she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College. Dr. Kwon’s research interests include Health/Health Disparities, Social Stratification and Inequality, and Life-course and Aging Cross-National Comparisons. She will be teaching courses in medical sociology as well as statistics and research methods. She has published articles in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociological Perspectives, and the Journal of Mathematical Sociology.
This page was last updated on: August 24, 2015