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Sequence of Courses

The statistics and methods core is a three-semester sequence that must be taken prior to taking psychology courses at the 300-level or above. Please note that STA 261 is a prerequisite for PSY 293; PSY 293 is a prerequisite for PSY 294; and PSY 294 is a prerequisite for any advanced courses (300- and 400-level courses) in the major.  During the first and second years, students should be primarily working toward completing their Miami Plan and Arts & Sciences requirements.  In addition, we encourage first-year students to take PSY 111 and STA 261.  During the fall of sophomore year, students should take PSY 293 plus a 200-level psychology course of interest.  In the spring of their sophomore year, students should take PSY 294 plus a 200-level psychology course of interest.  In their junior and senior years, after completing PSY 294, students will be allowed to take 300- and 400-level psychology courses.

Thematic Sequence

*Note:  Thematic Sequences in Psychology are NOT open to Psychology majors. The thematic sequence requirement may also be met with the Neuroscience Minor; for information about the Neuroscience Minor, contact Dr. Stephen Berry or Dr. Kathy Killian.

PSY2  Patterns in Human Development

This is a thematic sequence on developmental psychology.  As human beings move through life, their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors change.  This sequence will focus on how and why we develop, and how psychologists investigate and explain changes in human behavior.  In the first course, you will be introduced to issues and problems in studying how psychological functioning changes over time, and to thinking about psychology from a developmental perspective.  In the second and third courses, you will focus on particular segments of the lifespan.

Prerequisites:  PSY 111  Introduction to Psychology (MPF)(4)  or  EDP 101  Critical issues in the Psychology of the Learner (MPF)(3).

Required courses:
  1. PSY 231  Developmental Psychology (3)
  2. PSY 332  Child Development  or  FSW 281  Child Development in Diverse Families (3)
  3. PSY 331 Infant Development (3) or PSY 333  Adolescent Development (3)  or  FSW 481  Adolescent Development in Diverse Families (3)

Contact:  Dr. Brooke Spangler, Department of Psychology, 122 PSYC, 9-2421  (


PSY5  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.

Prerequisites:  PSY 111  Introduction to Psychology (MPF)(4).  Take PSY 271 before taking other courses in the sequence.  In addition, STA 261, PSY 293 and PSY 294 are prerequisites for all 300-level and 400-level courses in Psychology. STA 261, PSY 293 and PSY 294 are normally prerequisites for 300-level courses in Psychology.  However, after you declare this Thematic Sequence, you will have access to a limited number of seats in PSY 372, 374, and 470 which will be reserved for students who have not taken STA 261, PSY 293 and 294.  These seats are accessed by force adding PSY 372, 374, or 470 in the Psychology Department office.

Required courses:
  1. PSY 271  Cognition (3)
  2. PSY 372  Learning and Cognition (3) or  PSY 374  Psychology of Language and Thought (3) or PSY 376 Reasoning and Problem Solving (3)
  3. PSY 470  Seminar in Cognition (3) or PSY 471 Spatial Cognition (3)

Frequency of offerings:  PSY 111 and 271 will be offered every semester.  PSY 372, 374, 470 and 471 will be offered every year.

Contact:  Dr. Robin Thomas , Department of Psychology, 215 PSYC, 9-1749 (


PSY6 Applied Leadership and Pedagogy

This thematic sequence is intended as a rigorous service learning experience in which students are given:  (a) rigorous preparation for leading a discussion section with first and second year students; (b) guidance to reflect on their service learning experience for both the benefit of their role as a discussion leader and to assess and appreciate their own intellectual and ethical development.

Prerequisites:  PSY 111  Introduction to Psychology (MPF)(4).  Take PSY 211 before taking other courses in the sequence.  These courses are scheduled by instructor approval only, please contact Dr. Peter Wessels ( to discuss registering for these courses.

Required courses:

PSY 211  Leadership and Pedagogy (2)

PSY 212  Leadership Practicum (3)

PSY 313  Advancing Leadership (1-3)

Frequency of offerings:  PSY 111, 211, 212, and 313 will be offered every semester.

Contact:  Dr. Peter Wessels , Department of Psychology, 100D PSYC, 9-2408 (