Thematic Sequence

Thematic Sequence Course Requirements

The Department of Psychology currently offers five thematic sequence options.

PSY 1: Perspectives on Psychopathology:

Uses a psychological perspective to consider the personal and interpersonal experience of psychopathology and to analyze the impact of psychopathology on society as a whole. Begins with a general examination of individual and social psychopathology and builds toward in-depth exploration of selected specific individual or social issues related to psychopathology.

PSY 2: Patterns in Human Development:

Throughout life, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors change. How does our biological makeup interact with our physical and social surroundings to contribute to our actions and abilities? A scientific approach to developmental psychology requires us to think critically in examining theories and research and to understand the contexts in which we develop and the contexts in which theories and research are conducted. Engage with other learners as you reflect on ideas about why we develop the way we do. Such reflection provides an informed basis for acting on issues affecting children, youth, families, and elders.

PSY 4: Developmental Patterns in Adulthood:

Throughout life, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors change. Adulthood and aging are a culmination of lifespan development. How does our biological makeup interact with our physical and social surroundings to contribute to our actions and abilities? A scientific approach to the study of aging requires us to think critically in examining theories and research and to understand the contexts in which we develop and the contexts in which theories and research are conducted.

PSY 5: Cognition: Understanding and Improving Thought:

Offers opportunity to reflect upon reasoning, those processes used to create, maintain, modify, and evaluate beliefs about the world. Begins by introducing the study of cognition within the discipline of psychology; the second course emphasizes specific cognitive processes (e.g., language) and methods and theories associated with their study; the third course offers an in-depth analysis of current theories and methods of studying cognition within a circumscribed topic area.

PSY 6: Applied Leadership and Pedagogy: 

The redesigned introductory psychology (PSY111) course focuses on developing skills used by psychologists in using evidence to support their beliefs. Students will be invited to participate in leadership training (PSY211) that will train them to lead small discussion groups of introductory psychology students (PSY212) in which the leaders guide students in practicing their use of these critical thinking skills. The final course (PSY 313) promotes reflection on their experience as a discussion leader and provides an opportunity to engage in a facet of their experience in more depth. These goals are achieved by pursuing a project designed as part of their practicum experience in PSY 212, engaging in an additional pedagogical experience, mentoring new discussion leaders or taking another course approved by the faculty member teaching PSY 313. With respect to the subject-matter of how psychologists/scientists use evidence: Participants in this thematic sequence begin as students "learning" principles of scientific thinking (PSY 111). The second course (PSY 211) affords the students more advanced training in the skills of how scientists use evidence. The third course (PSY 212) affords students the opportunity to serve as guides for students in PSY 111 learning the same principles for the first time. Finally, PSY 313 affords students the opportunity to use their prior experiences as the basis to guided inquiry into the nature of learning and pedagogy. 


Please click here to declare your thematic sequence.