Core, Content, and Methods courses

Core Courses: The following three courses fulfill the core course requirement for both the M.A. and the Ph.D. program

  • PSY 524, Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 527, Social Psychology
  • PSY 547, Engineering Psychology

Note: For both the M.A. and the Ph.D. programs, once a student fulfills the core requirement, the remaining two core courses can be can be considered content courses (i.e., students can enroll in either or both of them to fulfill the content course requirement).


All other courses are in one of the following three categories:

Content Quantitative Methods
Psycholinguistics (PSY501) PSY507 Computer Methodology (PSY510)
Learning Theory & Methodology (PSY520) PSY508 Methods in Cognitive Psychology (PSY523)
Sensation & Perception Theory & Methodology (PSY522) PSY510 Methods in Social Psychology (PSY529)
Behavioral Neuroscience (PSY525) Methods in Engineering Psychology (PSY548)
HCI (PSY530) Teaching of Psych (PSY550)
Human Memory (PSY531)
History & Systems of Psychology (PSY540)
Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY543)


*Grandfather clause: Students enrolled in the M.A. or Ph.D. program prior to Fall 2016 can choose either the previous requirements or these requirements. However, either set of requirements must be chosen as a whole; specific elements of the two sets of requirements may not be mixed.

**PSY570, Special Topics may be considered content, stat, or methods depending on the specific content of the course.

PSY590 will be offered for credit but students are not required to enroll in it each semester (i.e., students can enroll if they want/need to). However, all students should attend and actively participate in PSY590 regardless of whether they enroll in the course.