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Interpersonal Relationships Research Minor

Institute of Child Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, S354 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-0025)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 14
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The minor in interpersonal relationships research provides doctoral students with a broad theoretical and methodological foundation for research on behavioral interaction patterns between two persons and the impact of these interactions. A recently recognized and rapidly advancing interdisciplinary field of scientific inquiry, interpersonal relationships research has its roots in psychology, sociology, family studies, communication, and nursing. The program brings together faculty and students from eight University departments and schools.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission to the interpersonal relationships research graduate minor is contingent upon prior admission to a doctoral program in a degree-granting department. Admission to the minor program is limited and only by permission of the director of graduate studies in interpersonal relationships research.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Required Coursework
IREL 8001 - Proseminar in Interpersonal Relationships Research (2.0 cr)
IREL 8021 - Seminar: Statistical and Methodological Issues in Research on Dyadic Relationships (3.0 cr)
PSY 5204 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships (3.0 cr)
or PSY 8202 - Close Relationships (3.0 cr)
6 additional credits selected in consultation with minor adviser.
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IREL 8001 - Proseminar in Interpersonal Relationships Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of major topics, including theoretical assumptions, methods, and samples of current research. prereq: Grad IRel minor
IREL 8021 - Seminar: Statistical and Methodological Issues in Research on Dyadic Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of topics in design/analysis of research on behavior in two-person interactions. prereq: Grad IRel minor, [one prior course in multiple regression or structural equation modeling], instr consent
PSY 5204 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to interpersonal relationship theory/research findings. prereq: Honors or grad student or instr consent
PSY 8202 - Close Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Classic/contemporary theory/research on close relationships. Emphasizes romantic relationships. prereq: 5204 or instr consent