THE STUDY OF PEOPLE AND PLACE.
The Environmental Psychology Program provides a range of learning experiences, combining theory, research and application. The curriculum is structured, yet flexible, balancing required coursework, elective seminars, working groups, independent studies, research, and practicum experiences. Although most students take a full program of courses, we’ve also instituted a flexible plan of study for students with full-time commitments to their career or family.
Students are expected to develop their own topics, interests and passions, through elective coursework, participation in research groups, scholarly conferences, engagement with their advisor, political activism, and their own teaching.
PH.D. WORK REQUIRES AN INTENSE FOCUS WITHIN A WIDE OUTLOOK.
The first year gives program members a basic foundation in skills, methods, and theory, as well as experience in generating independent and group research and work. During the first year students develop a research proposal and begin the sequence of theory seminars.
The second year emphasizes development of a research project, culminating in a publishable paper. During the second year students take elective courses building on their theoretical and methodological interests. Students also complete the first doctoral exam.
After the first exam, students complete coursework, develop a reading list, and undertake the second doctoral exam. Following this, students embark on the dissertation, beginning with a proposal.