The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2008 and supersedes the 2007-2008 Catalog.

Department of Psychology

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Robert J. Gatchel
315A Life Science

Admissions Criteria | Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

(Specialization in Experimental, Health or Industrial Organizational)

Ph.D.(Specialization in Experimental or Health)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis (Experimental and Health) Non-thesis and Thesis (Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

Graduate Advisors

Perry Fuchs
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
509 Life Sciences, 817.272.2281

Andrew Baum
Health Psychology
501 Life Sciences, 817.272.0530

Jared Kenworthy
Experimental Psychology
525 Life Sciences, 817.272.0746

Graduate Faculty


Baum, Gatchel, Ickes, Levine, Mellgren, Paulus

Associate Professors

Fuchs, Jackson, Jensen-Campbell, Kopp, Mann, Peng

Assistant Professors

Basco, Dougall, Frame, Kenworthy, Kimball, Odegard, Perrotti, Scielzo

Adjunct Faculty

Bernstein, Lopez, Lu

Professors Emeritus

Cox, Erickson


The objective of graduate work in psychology is to educate the student in the methods and basic content of the discipline and to provide an apprenticeship in the execution of creative research.

Graduate work in the master's program and doctoral program will be offered in psychology. Students' individual programs of work may be arranged to give emphasis to a particular aspect of the general program.

Within this framework, options include, but are not limited to, Animal Behavior and Animal Learning, Cognition and Perception, Developmental, Health, Industrial/Organizational, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Social-Personality Psychology. Students specializing in Cognition and Perception may include, in addition to their area C courses (described below), advanced topical seminars in their area of specialty. In addition to core courses (see area A) for those interested in Behavioral Neuroscience, seminars offered in the recent past include Aggression and Nociception. For those seeking expertise in the Social-Personality area, in addition to the area B courses, seminars have included topics such as Social Influence and Empathetic Accuracy and Intersubjectivity.

Research Involvement—Since the Department of Psychology believes that graduate training should involve the student continuously in the research process; students are encouraged to make personal contacts by letter or e-mail with faculty members of their choice. A description of the faculty and their areas of research may be obtained by consulting the department Web page at or by writing to or calling the department at 817.272.2281. Every effort will be made to assign the incoming student to a faculty member of choice, but priority is given to those who have discussed their placement in advance.

Deadline for Financial Aid Applications—Students who wish to be considered for assistantships should have their applications and departmental forms sent to The University of Texas at Arlington by February 1 for the fall Semester and September 1 for the spring Semester. Students who do not desire financial aid may apply at any time up to the deadline listed by the Graduate School.

Admissions Criteria

There are no fixed criteria for admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Psychology. Of course, the student is expected to have successfully completed the appropriate work prior to admission. In the case of the M.S. program, an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree is required. As calculated by the graduate school, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate work is expected for unconditional admission. For the Ph.D., a minimum of 30 graduate hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better as calculated by the Graduate School is required.

Although we typically require at least a 3.0 average for unconditional admission, an average higher than 3.0 will not guarantee admission. Beyond these minimal criteria, there is no single criterion that determines whether a positive or negative admission decision is made.

Our admissions focus is on seeking positive indication of potential success in the program. These indications include:

  1. A detailed examination of the student's transcript. Overall grade point average per se is not weighed as heavily as other grade indicants (e.g., grades in psychology) since most candidates for admission present averages greater than 3.0. Instead, we examine the coursework as evidence for research interest. Positive indicants of potential success in our program include greater than average work in psychology, the biological and physical sciences and mathematics. In similar fashion, evidence of experimental research previously undertaken is viewed as a predictor of future research. For students interested in specialization in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the Master's level appropriate coursework is taken into consideration.
  2. Submission of Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores is required of all applicants including UT Arlington alumni. High GRE scores in each area are viewed as positive indicants, while a low GRE score on one subscale need not exclude a candidate who shows positive indicants in other areas.
  3. At least three letters of reference are required and will be used as evidence of strong commitment to experimental research (as in letters from an undergraduate research sponsor). We would prefer, if possible, letters from individuals such as your professors, who can comment on your academic abilities and potential. Evidence of success in employment relevant to I/O psychology will be considered for the Master's degree in that area.
  4. The personal statement describing the applicant's laboratory, field, or applied interests, career plans and discussion of how the UT Arlington program can serve to further these interests and plans will be examined for evidence of the appropriateness of the candidate to the UT Arlington program.
  5. Successful completion of a Master's degree in another department is viewed positively even when the degree was received in an area outside of psychology. In this latter case, some conditions in terms of make-up coursework may be specified.
  6. As the expectation is that students will begin research in their first semester, they will be assigned a faculty member with whom they will work. This assignment will be based on space available in the student's program of interest and the fit of student to specific faculty's research interests. Since each area has its own criteria for admission, undergraduate interests deemed unsuitable by one faculty committee may be acceptable to another. The number of fully acceptable applicants generally exceeds the number admitted.

In summary the department views its mission in the MS/Ph.D program as to train students to be skillful in research. Therefore we seek students who show aptitude in as well as motivation for research. Students interested in the terminal MS program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology will have their records examined for indicants of potential to succeed in industrial settings.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not have a majority of the positive indications for unconditional admission described above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UT Arlington.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all documentation (including certified transcripts, GRE scores, letters of reference, and personal statements) prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Admission

Applicants whose records in the aggregate do not show sufficient positive indications of potential success will be denied admission.

Eligibility for Scholarships/Fellowships

Students unconditionally admitted to the program are eligible for scholarship and fellowship support. The criteria applied will be the same as those applied to admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington in the fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the requirements outlined elsewhere, the Department of Psychology will require undergraduate courses in statistics and in experimental methods. These courses may be taken as deficiency courses.

Degree requirements for the Department of Psychology are established by the Committee on Graduate Studies in Psychology and supplement those established by the University (see general requirements of the Graduate School as stated under the section entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures").

Each entering graduate student will be furnished a copy of the departmental rules which will serve as guidelines for departmental actions and recommendations.Students are urged to consult the Department of Psychology’s Graduate Student Handbook to obtain the most up-to-date information on department policies and practices that may impact their degree plans.

Each student must adhere to the code of ethics of the American Psychological Association.

Master of Science Degree

As soon as is feasible, a student should decide on an area for specialization and research. After discussion with and consent of the involved faculty members, the student selects a supervising professor and a thesis committee. No student may enroll in PSYC 5698 until the thesis committee has approved a proposal for the thesis project.

Specialization in Experimental Psychology30 hours, including six hours of thesis are required for this option. The program is designed to form the basis for the doctoral program. It is, however, open to those seeking a terminal master's degree. PSYC 5405, 5407, and 12 hours among 5313, 5321, 5322, 5333, 5345, and 6336 are required, including at least three hours from each area A, B, and C (see following).

Specialization in Health Psychology: 30 hours in psychology, including six hours of thesis are required for this option. The program is designed to form the foundational work for the doctoral program. Students are required to complete the statistics sequence in the department (PSYC 5405, 5407) and core courses in research methods (PSYC 5307), health psychology (PSYC 5309, and learning (PSYC 5313, 5314, 5345 or 6312) and at least one biological foundations course (PSYC 5333). In addition, students should enroll in PSYC 6102, Proseminar in Health Psychology, each long semester of graduate study. Please see the department’s Graduate Handbook for suggested course sequences and degree plans. As for the experimental psychology specialization, thesis research and document are also required.

Specialization in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology: 45 hours in psychology and management are required for this degree, including six hours of internship. The program is designed as a terminal degree for those interested in careers in industrial/organizational psychology. Thirty-nine hours are required in psychology. These are PSYC 5405, 5407, 5322, 5323, 5325, 5326, two approved psychology electives, six hours of internship (PSYC 5327), four hours of Proseminar in I/O Psychology (PSYC 6110) and a capstone course (PSYC 5390). A master's thesis (PSYC 5698) may be substituted for the capstone, only upon approval from the director. Two management elective courses are should be selected from MANA/PSYC 5312, MANA/PSYC 5340, MANA 5321, 5323, 5325, 5326, 5327, 5334, 5342 and PSYC 6300. Approval for PSYC 6300 is required prior to enrollment. Students typically start an internship in the summer after the first year and the capstone course at the end of their second year. The Master's degree provides professional training to those not wishing to pursue doctoral studies

A typical program of study might look like this:

Year Fall Spring Summer
01 Proseminar in I/O Psychology, Statistics, I/O Psychology Course (Personnel Psychology or Organizational Psychology), Psychology (Core Course or Elective) Proseminar in I/O Psychology Statistics, Psychology (Core Course or Elective), Management Elective Internship and/or Management Elective (optional)
02 Proseminar in I/O Psychology, I/O Psychology Course (Personnel Psychology or Organizational Psychology), Psychology (Core Course or Elective), Management Elective Proseminar in I/O Psychology, Psychology (Core Course or Elective), Internship, Capstone Internship and/or Capstone may be completed during the second summer (requires summer graduation)

Note: This is based on a 2-year program of study. Students may adjust the speed at which milestones are achieved.

Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in psychology requires distinguished attainments in both scholarship and original research, and the deep understanding of the strategic role of thoughtful experimentation in the development of an empirical science. Although the student must meet the minimum requirements of a planned course of study, the ultimate basis for conferring the degree must be the demonstrated ability to do independent and creative work and the exhibition of a profound grasp of the subject matter of the field.

Computer Knowledge Requirement: Because of the fundamental and varied ways in which computers are applied in psychology, students are expected to understand their use and application in psychological research. Specifically, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of operating systems such as Windows or the Macintosh System, e-mail and other aspects of the Internet, standard office packages, data bases, programming languages (with specific reference to the programming of psychological experiments) and statistical packages such as SAS and SPSS. This computer knowledge requirement has been established in lieu of the foreign language requirement.

Specialization in Experimental Psychology

The specialization in experimental psychology allows students to work in a general experimental context while specializing in one of several areas (e.g., cognitive psychology, social psychology, neuroscience and so on).

Course requirements: Graduate students entering the experimental specialization will be required to take the following courses during their first four semesters of enrollment. Exceptions may be made only with written permission of the Committee on Graduate Studies.

Professional Development (5110 and 5112)
Statistics I (5405)
Statistics II (5407)
Four of the following courses, at least one from each area A, B, and C:
Area A: 5333 Behavioral Neuroscience, 6336 Comparative Psychology
Area B: 5321 Personality, 5322 Social Psychology
Area C: 5313 Higher Mental Processes, 5345 Human Learning and Memory

Students with prior graduate work may be waived from any of the above requirements by a written request to the Committee on Graduate Studies. The request should include a syllabus or other documentation showing that a prior course and one of our required courses are equivalent. Students should discuss course equivalency with the professor(s) who teach the course(s) in question before submitting a request. Having fulfilled the above, the following are required:

  1. An additional five courses (15 hours) from among lecture courses.
  2. Two six-hour research courses. These may be taken from PSYC 5698 or PSYC 5600. Students who plan to obtain the MS should elect PSYC 5698 as one of the research courses and students who do not plan to obtain the MS should select two sections of PSYC 5600. If the student does not elect to obtain the MS, one of the research courses must result in a formal thesis-equivalent paper, which will be evaluated by a committee and defended in an oral examination. The two research courses are a minimum requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 5391 or 6391 before taking PSYC 5600 and PSYC 5698.
  3. Nine hours of PSYC 6300.
  4. Additional hours of coursework to be determined by the Graduate Advisor and dissertation committee. The student should plan to take approximately 86 hours including 6999. At least 45 of these hours must be in organized courses, lectures or seminars. No student may enroll in a dissertation course until the dissertation committee has approved a proposal for the dissertation project.

A student has completed the course requirements when he or she has:

  1. Maintained at least a B average in 5405 and 5407.
  2. Maintained at least a B average in his or her area A, B, and C courses.
  3. Received at least a B average in all other courses.

A typical program of study might look like this:

Year Fall Spring
01 Statistics I, an A, B or C core course, Professional Development I, Readings and/or Research elective Statistics II, an A, B or C core course, Professional Development II, Readings and/or Research elective
02 An A, B, or C core course, Seminar, Lecture Electives and/or Thesis An A, B, or C core course, Seminar, Lecture Electives and/or Thesis
03 Lecture Electives and/or Thesis, Seminar, Readings and/or Research elective Lecture Electives and/or Seminar, Readings and/or Research elective
04 Lecture Electives and/or Thesis, Seminar, Readings and/or Research elective Dissertation Research Lecture Electives and/or Thesis, Seminar, Readings and/or Research elective Dissertation Research
05 Dissertation Research Dissertation Research

Note: This is based on a 5-year program of study. Students may adjust the speed at which milestones are achieved by adding 4th year courses earlier.

Prerequisite Conditions for the Qualifying Examination

In order to begin working on the qualifying exam, students must complete the Departmental MS Core Curriculum requirements as set forth elsewhere in the catalog. Generally, these course requirements will be met within the first two years of graduate enrollment. Students must also satisfactorily participate in the Research Progress Symposium (RPS). Finally, a Master's Thesis (or equivalent) must be completed. Students entering the program with a master's degree must complete the Departmental MS Core Curriculum requirements and satisfactorily participate in the RPS before being invited to begin work on the Qualifying Examination. Upon completion of these prerequisite conditions, students have one year to complete their Qualifying Examination. This process consists of a Major Area Paper (MAP) and an oral defense, both of which must be completed within one year.

MAP and MAP Oral Defense

The MAP consists of a comprehensive review paper, which is a summary, integration, and critical review of the literature relevant to a general theme or topic. It is expected that the student will offer a novel and forward-thinking perspective on the topic area. The MAP does not directly propose research hypotheses and designs, nor does it involve the collection of primary-level data. It may be either a quantitative review (i.e., a meta-analysis) or a more qualitative review. It should contain a concluding section in which novel ideas are proposed and elaborated upon, and which will form a basis for the MAP Oral Defense. The topic area and scope of the MAP will be developed with the student's primary faculty mentor and one or two other Department of Psychology Faculty members. The preferred size of the Qualifying Examination Reading Committee is three members, but a two-member Committee is acceptable if an appropriate third member is not available. Students may consult their Committee members for general comments and direction concerning the MAP, but Committee member involvement in the writing of the MAP (including that of the student's Faculty mentor) is expected to be minimal.

Upon submission of the MAP document to the Qualifying Examination Reading Committee, the Committee will evaluate the MAP in terms of its potential contribution to the student's chosen field, and in terms of the degree to which it represents Ph.D.-level thinking, communication, independence, and scholarship. Ordinarily, the Qualifying Examination Reading Committee will take no longer than two weeks to evaluate the MAP and communicate their decision to the student. If the Committee determines that the MAP is unacceptable, the student will be given three months to revise it for a second evaluation by the Committee. If the revised version of the MAP is also judged to be unacceptable, the student will not be invited to pursue the Ph.D. degree in the UT Arlington Graduate Program in Psychology. Such a student's Master's degree will thus be his/her terminal degree.

If and when the MAP is deemed acceptable by the Committee, the Committee will invite the student to a MAP Oral Defense, which will take place no sooner than two weeks following communication from the Committee to the student that the student's MAP is acceptable. The MAP Oral Defense consists only of the student and Committee members, and is not open to other students, faculty, staff, or the general public. In this meeting, which will normally last between 90 and 120 minutes, Committee members will assess the student's knowledge of the topic area, the theoretical background, the methodologies likely to be employed in related research, limitations to the ideas, and conceptual and practical connections to related issues. The Committee will determine whether or not the student has clearly passed the examination, clearly failed, or passed with conditions which must be met before Ph.D. Candidacy is recommended. Upon passing both the MAP and the MAP Oral Defense, a Diagnostic Evaluation Report form must be completed, signed, and filed.

General Expectations and Stipulations

Upon satisfactory completion of both the MAP and the MAP Oral Defense, students should assemble a Dissertation Committee, which consists of their Faculty mentor and four other faculty members, for a total of five committee members. Students will meet with this Committee to present the proposed research and to solicit input concerning the best ways to accomplish the goals of the Dissertation Proposal. The Dissertation research may be related to, or based upon, the MAP, but this is not required. Upon approval of the Dissertation conceptualization, design, and methods, students will proceed in carrying out the approved plan of research. Please consult the Graduate Catalog and Department Handbook for general expectations regarding the Dissertation.

In addition, consult the Graduate Catalog and Department Handbook for general expectations regarding timelines. Typically, students will complete their Master's Thesis (or equivalent) in the 2nd or 3rd year of graduate studies. Ordinarily, the Qualifying Examination will be completed within one year of successfully completing the prerequisite conditions as outlined above. Because both the MAP and the MAP Oral Defense have a two-week review and planning period, respectively, students must take these weeks into account when planning completion of the Qualifying Examination within one year. Students are also advised to be cognizant of these time frames in the event that they are required to revise their MAP. If the MAP and MAP Oral Defense have not been completed within one year of completion of all prerequisite conditions, students must submit a written explanation to their Qualifying Examination Reading Committee, detailing their progress and their anticipated completion date. Failure to complete the MAP and MAP Oral Defense within one year will also be a consideration in GTA funding decisions."

Comprehensive Examination: Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s dissertation supervisory committee constitutes the doctoral “comprehensive examination” for the Department of Psychology. A Request for Comprehensive Examination (PhD) form must be submitted prior to the presentation. A Results of Comprehensive Examination (PhD) form must be submitted after the presentation. These forms are available on-line. Approval of the dissertation proposal by the dissertation supervisory committee is needed before the student is considered to have passed the comprehensive examination.

Specialization in Health Psychology

The concentration in health psychology is designed to train researchers in health and behavior, working at the cutting-edge or interdisciplinary, biomedical and biobehavioral investigation in areas such as pain, stress, psychoimmunology, cancer and aging.

Course Requirements:
Students seeking to specialize in health psychology will be required to complete the two-course department statistics sequence (PSYC 5405 and PSYC 5407) and Research Methods (PSYC 5307) as well as core courses in Psychological Foundations, including Health Psychology (PSYC 5309), and Learning (Higher Mental Processes--PSYC 5313, Cognitive Development--PSYC 5314, Human Learning and Memory--PSYC 5345, or Animal Learning--PSYC 6312. Students are strongly advised to take History and Systems (PSYC 6316).

In addition, students are required to complete coursework in biological foundations, including systems physiology, neuroscience, and at least one relevant biological or biomedical specialty. A minimum of three foundations courses must be completed and these must include physiology (one of several approved courses offered in other UT departments), and behavioral neuroscience (PSYC 5333). The third required foundations course must be an approved graduate level course in genetics, immunology, endocrinology, or other specialized biomedical topic available at UT Southwestern or another UT Arlington department.
Students must complete seven electives in psychology or in other UT departments that have been approved by the program over the entire course of study. At least 5 must be courses offered by the Department of Psychology. Most department offerings will satisfy this requirement. It is expected that these electives will be advanced seminars and research courses. Students will also be required to enroll and participate in the Health Psychology Proseminar, which will meet weekly for 1 hour as a forum for a variety of seminar activities, presentations, and so on. Students will enroll in this seminar every long semester for the first four years of graduate study.

A typical program of study might look like this:

Year Fall Spring
01 Statistics, Research Methods, Proseminar Statistics, Health Psychology, Proseminar
02 Physiology, Elective, Proseminar Neuroscience, Learning, Proseminar
03 Biological Elective, Elective, Proseminar Elective, Elective, Proseminar
04 Elective, Elective, Research Proseminar Elective, Proseminar
05 Research Research

Note: This is based on a 5-year program of study. Students may adjust the speed at which milestones are achieved by adding 4th year courses earlier.

Research requirements:
Research requirements include general expectations of student involvement in research throughout their graduate career and specific milestones that must be accomplished in order, including the masters’ research preliminary examination, diagnostic/qualifying examinations, and the dissertation.

Masters’ research: Students must complete a significant research project with primary responsibility for its derivation, conduct, and/or analysis. Ordinarily this is done during the first two years of graduate study. This must be completed before students can seek candidacy for the PhD. Students must complete, analyze, and report on a major research project, part or all of which is primarily the student’s responsibility. Typically this is an experiment or study. For formal acceptance of an approved thesis so that the student can obtain a MS, university guidelines apply. The thesis committee should consist of 3 program faculty. Alternatively, the committee shall determine accepted format if a MS is not sought.

Preliminary Examination

Students must pass a preliminary exam, typically given at the start of the second year of graduate study. Students write answers to five questions derived from a pre-supplied readings list that test general ability to organize and integrate information and defend positions in areas of psychology. Students will be asked to re-cast, reformulate, challenge, defend, or derive established or novel concepts in psychology. Students who do not pass the exam are usually given the opportunity to retake it. Students may not seek candidacy for the PhD until this requirement has been satisfied. Reading lists are available at least four months before the examination.

Advancement to Candidacy

Once students have passed the Preliminary Exam and have completed the master’s thesis or equivalent, they are eligible to undertake the diagnostic/qualifying examination. Successful completion of this exam process produces a recommendation for advancement to candidacy for the PhD. This process consists of two exams. The first is a comprehensive review paper that requires the student to take a novel or speculative perspective and provide an integrative and critical review of relevant literatures. Ordinarily this is completed in the third, or early in the fourth year, and may be incorporated into the introduction for the dissertation. The completed paper should be of a “publishable quality” in the style required for publication in the Psychological Bulletin. The student must assemble a two-person faculty committee (both should be program faculty) for this requirement and should meet with them at least twice, to get the topic and scope of the paper approved, and for final approval of the paper. Meetings may also be scheduled at variable intervals depending on the committee and student.

The second part of the diagnostic/qualifying examination is an oral examination, typically 90-120 minutes long, on the student’s area of specialization. This will be completed after the third-year paper above has been formally accepted and will involve a student and a committee of three program faculty. In this examination, the student will present a proposition or series of propositions and a proposal to study them, and the committee will examine the student’s knowledge of the area, of its methods and limitations, and of how these propositions fit into larger frameworks. The committee will determine whether the student has passed the specialty examination. An initial failure to pass can result in a retake, but continued failure will lead to a recommendation not to advance to candidacy. Passing the specialty and third-year paper requirements will lead to a recommendation for advancement to candidacy to the members of the Committee on Graduate Studies.


Upon advancement to candidacy, each student will assemble a dissertation committee. This committee is formed by the student in consultation with his or her mentor, and will consist of at least five faculty members. At least three of the faculty must be drawn from among Program faculty. The student will initially meet with this committee to present the proposed research, deliberate about the best ways to accomplish particular goals, and so on. Approval of the proposal implies that the project’s conceptualization, design, and proposal methods are acceptable and that particular results are not required. Once the committee has approved the proposal (this may occur at the end of the first, or after two or more meetings), the student enrolls in dissertation research (6X99) and conducts his/her dissertation research. During this period, meetings with the committee are on an “as needed” basis. During the data analysis phase, the student may wish to schedule an informal meeting. Similarly, during writing of the dissertation, the committee may or may not meet. When a student has completed a draft of the dissertation that the primary mentor deems appropriate for his or her committee, a date for the oral defense is scheduled, and written drafts must be provided to committee members at least two weeks before this date. The PhD oral examination is conducted by the dissertation committee. The first part of the examination is an oral presentation of the research and its findings. This portion of the meeting is open to any member of the university community and guests. The second part is closed and consists of specific detailed questions about the dissertation. Both oral defense and the written dissertation must be passed.

Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students enrolled in the I/O specialization may apply for admission to either the Experimental specialization or Health specialization in the doctoral program. The requirements for admission will be the same as for other master's level students, which includes completing the core curriculum requirements and an empirical thesis or thesis equivalent. Students intending to pursue their doctoral work at another university should be aware that a non-thesis master's may oblige them to meet many additional requirements at their future university, a burden that may be reduced by pursuing a master's degree in psychology at UT-Arlington.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Psychology (PSYC)

The philosophy and methods of conducting a university class for undergraduates are examined. Specific tips and suggestions for managing course materials, lectures, audiovisual aids, grading, etc. will be presented. The role of the university instructor as a researcher as well as a teacher will be elaborated. Specific topics will include the ethics and regulation of research, service as a journal referee, corresponding with peers, participating in a research team, manuscript preparation, presentation at professional conferences, and submitting material for publication. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program in psychology or permission of the instructor. Graded F, P. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in psychology or permission of the instructor.

An introduction to the skills associated with the conduct of psychology as a science and as a profession. Individual faculty will be invited to present techniques and approaches that they see as useful and necessary to the application of the specialty in psychological research and problem-solving. Graded F, P. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in psychology or permission of the instructor.

Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

This course considers basic and advanced aspects of methodology used in psychological research, including experimental design, methodologies that combine disciplinary approaches (e.g., biomedical, behavioral, and field and laboratory approaches).

A survey of current theory and research in health psychology, including basic research in health and behavior, biobehavioral contributions to illness and disability, and fundamental relationships among the brain, bodily function, and behavior that may affect health and well-being. It will also include clinical and translational topics including patient interventions in medically-ill populations, pain management, and disease prevention.

Elementary probability theory, matrix algebra, and theory of linear difference equations applied to theoretical problems in learning, signal detection, decision processes, and social interactions.

PSYC5312 - MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
Basic exploration of organizations in their environments. The elementary tools of management, which include: organizational objectives, social responsibility and ethics, policies, plans, and decision making; the design of organizations and jobs; the production and technology aspects of organization; the elements of leadership, behavior, and communication; and the elements of control and performance evaluation. Also listed as MANA 5312.

Includes topics such as concept identification, problem solving, reasoning, and knowledge representation.

A survey of current theories of cognitive development. Recent research within topic areas, such as physical reasoning, spatial cognition, memory, and symbol use, will be used to evaluate the theories presented.

Overview of operant theory with an emphasis upon contemporary problems. Basic concepts that are covered include: reinforcement and stimulus control, punishment, compound schedules, response topography, and chaining. Other topics include complex human operants, verbal behavior, behavior modification, and contingency management.

A survey of contemporary topics in personality psychology, including personality assessment, strategies for studying personality, temporal stability and cross-situational consistency in behavior, and personality influence on social behavior.

A survey of contemporary topics in social psychology, including interpersonal attraction, altruism and aggression, attribution and social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, and social motivation.

Survey of the major topics in group dynamics. Among the issues covered will be performance, motivation, goal setting, decision-making, creativity, social influence, memory, leadership, teamwork, and collective behavior.

Theory and research concerning human behavior in formal organizations, communication nets, dynamics of managerial jobs, and current ideas concerning organizations will be covered.

Principles and techniques of employee selection, placement, succession planning, job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, validation, test bias and fairness. The use of various quantitative research techniques applied to human resource problems in organizations will be covered.

Supervised internship in an organization related to area of major interest. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Survey of methods and findings dealing with perception; emphasis will be upon behavioral rather than physiological considerations; particular topics include signal detection theory, form and pattern recognition, and attentional mechanisms.

A survey of biological and physical processes underlying behavior. Emphasis on neural, hormonal, and genetic determinants of behavior. Topics include regulatory behaviors, reward and nociceptive systems, differentiation and sociosexual behaviors, limbic and cortical functions.

A survey of theory and data on how animals learn and represent the world and the evolutionary processes that influence their individual and social behavior.

Emphasizes strategic perspective of modern human resource management theory and practice. Topics include human resource planning, staffing, training, and development, compensation, performance appraisal, and labor and employee relations. Also listed as MANA 5340.

Factors that influence categorical and numerical judgments, choices, and preference decisions. Comparison of human decision behavior with various quantitative theories.

Survey of current approaches to the study of human learning and memory.

Operating systems, ASCII editors, word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, data bases, programming languages, programming psychological experiments, statistical programming, using networks, the Internet, e-mail, Gopher, FTP, and Telnet.

Independent readings under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Students wishing to conduct research should sign up for PSYC 5191, 5291, or 5391. May be repeated for credit with consent of the Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor.

Designed for students near or at the end of their I-O curriculum to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of industrial-organizational psychology.

Independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member; may be repeated for credit with consent of Graduate Advisor. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

Basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychological research.

Statistical aspects of complex experimental and non-experimental designs used in psychological research. Prerequisite: PSYC 5405, Advanced Statistics I.

Supervised research. May be repeated for credit. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of instructor

Supervised internship in an organization related to area of major interest. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSYC5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: 12 hours of advanced psychology and an approved thesis proposal.

Professional development seminar will include presentations of ongoing and recently completed research, discussion of best approaches to writing reports and giving research presentations, grant writing skills, and other scientific, professional issues.



Offered each semester. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Survey of contemporary topics in animal learning.

Consideration of the origins of psychology in the development of Western thought. Early conceptualization of problems and their modification with changes in evidence is emphasized.

Theory and research on social and emotional development with an emphasis on the interaction between individual needs and abilities and societal expectations and demands.

Survey of the basis of behavioral pharmacology including mechanisms and theories of drug actions, techniques and strategies of research, common psychoactive drugs, and the uses of drugs in clinical practice.

Phylogenetic approach to some basic problems in behavior, with special emphasis on unlearned behavior.

Theory and data about all aspects of behavior stressing similarities and differences across species.

Principles of neural network and dynamical systems modeling; application of these principles to the simulation of cognitive processes in both brains and machines; models of associative learning, pattern recognition and classification, and individual and group behavior. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Surveys current experimental and clinical research and theory relating the brain and cognition. Emphasizes selected areas i.e., perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking.

Evolutionary processes influence behavior and thinking of humans and nonhuman species. Sociosexual behavior, aggression, cognition, and information processing from an evolutionary perspective will be among the topics covered.

Survey of the current literature on the impact of various features of the physical environment on human behavior. Topics covered include crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space, noise, the natural environment, residential, educational and work environments, urban and community design, and pollution and resource management. Designed to be of interest to graduate students in architecture, urban affairs, environmental science and engineering, geology, sociology, as well as those in psychology.

Introduction to test construction. Topics include reliability theory, test validation, and item analysis.

Application of general linear model to special cases such as factor analysis, multiple regression, and discriminant analysis. PSYC 5344 recommended.


Graded R/F. Prerequisite: approved dissertation proposal.

Graded R/F. Prerequisite: approved dissertation proposal.

Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: approved dissertation proposal.


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