The Social Psychology Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for scholarly careers in academic and other research settings. Formal course requirements are minimized and collaborative research with one or more faculty is emphasized. Coursework in the major may consist of a diverse array of classes, including independent study, selected by the student with the approval of the student's major adviser.

There are currently 4 core faculty in the social psychology program. There are also a variety of faculty both in Psychology and other departments with strong backgrounds and interests in social psychology and related areas.

As a group, the faculty in social psychology focus their experimental and correlational research on topics related to attitudes, politics, the self-concept, self-esteem, social perception, prejudice, stereotyping, culture, personality, health, coping, and existential concerns.