Current Degree Requirements

The program curriculum emphasizes: (a) theory and research on social change; (b) developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention and intervention programs; (c) examining various forms of diversity, inequality and justice among individuals, institutions, communities, and societies; and (d) action-oriented research methods. Program coursework includes training in: 

  • Community psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Innovation and technology
  • Translational science
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Inequality and social justice
  • Applied research methodology
  • Advanced statistical methods
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Specialty topics reflecting faculty expertise

Individual programs of study are tailored to the student’s research interests and career objectives. Students may supplement their psychological studies with interdisciplinary coursework in other areas such as public administration, economics, sociology, criminology, communication, design, and engineering. Students may also take courses at other area universities via the Inter-Institutional Registration Program, including Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An overview of the curriculum requirements and sample 4-year plan can be found here: curriculum brochure.