Students in our Dual Degree programs provide Psychology Ph.D. students with the opportunity to combine their graduate training in Psychology with doctoral-level training in a related discipline. Currently we offer two such programs.
Penn State Psychology is one of only two graduate programs in the U.S. to offer a dual degree Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Psychology. Graduate students also have the option of a graduate minor in Women’s Studies.
Students electing this program through the Department of Psychology will earn a degree with a dual-title at the PhD level in Psychology and in Language Science. A graduate student obtaining this dual-degree will have the skills and knowledge to bring the methods and theories of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience to bear on central issues in psychology.
Psychology and Social Behavioral Neuroscience
Beginning in Fall of 2019 students will be able to pursue a new dual title in Social Behavioral Neuroscience. Social behavioral neuroscience reflects the study of how brain development and function influence, and are influenced by, social environments and human interaction. The dual-title Ph.D. program provides students with additional training in the neurobiological foundations of brain function in order to enable them to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research with intellectual sophistication.