MINOR CONCENTRATION IN DIVERSITY AND INEQUALITY PSYCHOLOGY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (PENDING)

FULL TITLE: Ph.D. Minor Concentration in Diversity and Inequality Psychology

ABBREVIATED TITLE: D & I Minor

MISSION STATEMENT: 

In recognition of long-standing inequalities of race, class, gender, and other marginalized identities in all spheres of life, including the academy, the Department of Psychology has created a minor concentration in the area of Diversity and Inequality Psychology and is pending final approval. The D&I Minor is well-suited to the interests of students pursuing empirical and translational science in psychology aimed at understanding, examining, and/or mitigating systemic, historical, and structural inequalities involving stereotyping, prejudice, stigma, discrimination, and/or disparities. In addition to pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the core areas of psychology, graduate students may qualify, under the direction of the Committee in Charge of the D&I Minor, for the Minor in Diversity and Inequality Psychology by completing the following requirements:

a) Submission of a letter of interest to the chair of the Committee in Charge of the D&I Minor in which the student should explicate her/his/their interest in the D&I Minor with regard to its relevance for the student’s course of graduate study and the student’s longer-term career plans.

b)Successful completion of at least three quarters of PSYC ###, “Pro-Seminar in Diversity and Inequality Psychology,” which can be completed over non-consecutive quarters. Three-hour seminar meetings will be held once a month throughout the academic year.  Meetings will consist of discussions focused on assigned readings reflecting variety perspectives on the study of diversity and inequality through the lens of psychology and related disciplines, as well as presentations by members of the minor program and guest speakers.

c) Completion of at least three courses of further study designed to advance the student’s expertise in understanding, examining, and addressing diversity & inequality. A non-exhaustive list of suggested courses is offered below. However, other courses may qualify with approval from the Committee in Charge of the D&I Minor. No more than two of these courses may be used to satisfy the Department “Further Study” requirement.

Suggested courses of further study:

-PSYC 255: The Social Psychology of Racism

-PSYC 255: Stereotyping & Prejudice

List of further study courses outside of psychology: https://psychology.ucr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Further-Study-Courses.pdf

d) Successful completion of an oral qualifying examination based upon a project by the student in the area of diversity & inequality psychology. A three-person faculty qualifying committee, approved by the Chair of the Committee in Charge of the D&I Minor, must grant prior approval of the paper topic and conduct the oral examination. The candidate and the committee will determine the format of the written paper and oral exam. A presentation in PSYC ### (the Pro-seminar in Diversity and Inequality Psychology) based on the paper can satisfy the oral examination requirement.

e) Submission of a form for the D&I Minor signifying completion of all requirements.