The University of Maryland’s Department of Sociology offers a rich and varied program in Social Psychology that spans multiple levels of analysis and methodological approaches. Seven faculty members identify social psychology as a principal area of interest. Eight courses in social psychology are offered at the graduate level. We also offer a strong program of training in the methodology and statistics of contemporary social psychology.
The social psychology area at Maryland has achieved national distinction (ranked 16th in the U.S. in 2006) and has been very popular among graduate students. Our faculty is unified through strengths in micro approaches to stratification (e.g., gender, race, and socioeconomic status) and also thrives in covering all three major social psychological perspectives (symbolic interaction, group processes, and social structure and personality) and several methodological approaches. We may be the only social psychology program in the country with this breadth, and we co-author work together, which further contributes to our uniqueness. Melissa Milkie and Jeff Lucas, along with alumnus David Rohall, (Ph.D., 2000) have co-written an undergraduate textbook in Sociological Social Psychology (now going into its 3rd edition) that underscores how features of stratification underlie much of the research accomplishment of our field.