Overview

The major in Community and Applied Psychological Studies (CAPS) focuses on the promotion of healthy development and well-being. It prepares students to work with people in multiple contexts and settings:

  • health and human services
  • schools, universities, and community programs
  • government and non-government agencies
  • grass-roots movements
  • socially responsible business and entrepreneurial organizations

By exploring the scholarly and practical interconnections among individualinterpersonalsocial, and community approaches to change, students learn to identify barriers to well-being and to implement effective change-oriented strategies and policies. CAPS coursework emphasizes theoryresearchand skills. It culminates in a practicum in a setting related to students’ area of interest and prepares them for both graduate studies and careers.

Students choose between three areas of concentration (tracks).

  • Track I: Individual and Relational Development (Track Code: HSDI)
    This track emphasizes individual, relational, and family well-being. Focusing on context and diversity in mental health and on strength-based, preventive, and empowering approaches, courses cover family studies, counseling theories and techniques, interviewing skills, and the basics of human service work. Students are well-prepared for graduate study in the helping professions and careers in health and human services.
  • Track II: Community and Program Development (Track Code: HSDC)
    This track promotes healthy individual and community development by emphasizing how social, institutional, and community dynamics affect personal well-being. Stressing the role of non-government agencies in fostering well-being for people with diverse backgrounds, HSDC prepares students to diagnose institutional and community challenges and offer strategies for positive change. Courses include community-focused planning, needs assessment, and change strategies and nonprofit program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students are well prepared for graduate study in community psychology and public policy and careers in community organizations.
  • Track III: Human and Social Development Studies (Track Code: HSDS)
    This is a general track which offers a menu of courses relating to individual and community development. HSDS students are free to combine classes from the Individual (HSDI) and Community (HSDC) tracks. This track meets the needs of students who seek greater flexibility in course work and are less concerned with specializing in the individual or community tracks.  

CAPS students must declare an approved second major or a minor either in the School of Education or through any other school or college.

Curriculum Requirements

Community and Program Development Track (HSDC)

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits
EPS 201Psychosocial Change and Well-being3
EPS 270Lifespan Human Development3
EPS 291Community and Character Development3
MGT 304Organizational Behavior3
EPS 311Group Processes and Development3
EPS 321Understanding Human Service Organizations3
EPS 351Introduction to Statistics and Research Design3
EPS 361Community Psychology and Development3
EPS 371Applied Social Research Methods (Select Three courses from the following list)3
EPS 452Community Program Development and Evaluation3
EPS 462Community Consultation and Leadership3
EPS 578Human and Social Development Practicum3-6
EPS 579Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar3
Diversity Requirement3
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (or elective)3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Minor15
General Electives36
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements

Human and Social Development Studies Track (HSDS)

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits
EPS 201Psychosocial Change and Well-being3
EPS 270Lifespan Human Development3
EPS 291Community and Character Development3
EPS 311Group Processes and Development3
EPS 321Understanding Human Service Organizations3
EPS 351Introduction to Statistics and Research Design3
EPS 361Community Psychology and Development3
EPS 371Applied Social Research Methods (Select Three courses from the following list)3
EPS 578Human and Social Development Practicum6
EPS 579Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar3
Diversity Requirement3
Select three courses from the following list:9
Introduction to Family Studies: Dating, Coupling, Parenting
Psychological Study of Children, Families, and the Law
The Psychology of Diversity
Migration, Well Being, and Human Development
Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
Listening and Helping Skills.
Community Program Development and Evaluation
Community Consultation and Leadership
Organizational Behavior
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (or elective)3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Minor15
General Electives33
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements

 Individual and Relational Development Track (HSDI)

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits
EPS 201Psychosocial Change and Well-being3
EPS 270Lifespan Human Development3
EPS 280Introduction to Family Studies: Dating, Coupling, Parenting3
EPS 291Community and Character Development3
EPS 311Group Processes and Development3
EPS 321Understanding Human Service Organizations3
EPS 351Introduction to Statistics and Research Design3
EPS 361Community Psychology and Development3
EPS 371Applied Social Research Methods (Select Three courses from the following list)3
EPS 420Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy3
EPS 440Listening and Helping Skills.3
EPS 578Human and Social Development Practicum6
EPS 579Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar3
Diversity Requirement3
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (or elective)3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
General Electives30
Free Electives6
Minor15
Total Credit Hours123

Suggested Plan of Study

Community and Program Development Track (HSDC)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being 3
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (or elective) 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 311 Group Processes and Development 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
EPS 291 Community and Character Development 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
General Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations 3
EPS 361 Community Psychology and Development 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods 3
HSDC Track Elective 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design 3
EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development and Evaluation
or Community Consultation and Leadership
3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development and Evaluation
or Community Consultation and Leadership
3
Diversity Requirement 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum 3-6
EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed)  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Human and Social Development Studies Track (HSDS)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being 3
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (or elective) 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 311 Group Processes and Development 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor or General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
EPS 291 Community and Character Development 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations 3
EPS 361 Community Psychology and Development 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods 3
HSDC Track Elective 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design 3
HSDC Track Elective 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
HSDC Track Elective 3
Diversity Requirement 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum 6
EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 3
 Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

 Individual and Relational Development Track (HSDI)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being 3
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (or elective) 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 280 Introduction to Family Studies: Dating, Coupling, Parenting 3
EPS 311 Group Processes and Development 3
STEM Cognate 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
EPS 291 Community and Character Development 3
EPS 361 Community Psychology and Development 3
Minor Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations 3
EPS 361 Community Psychology and Development 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course or General Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 420 or 440 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
or Listening and Helping Skills.
3
Minor Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
EPS 420 or 440 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
or Listening and Helping Skills.
3
Diversity Requirement 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum 6
EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Minor Elective (if needed)  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The major in Community and Applied Psychological Studies (CAPS) seeks to train leading thinkers, professionals, and future scholars in the pursuit of innovative, scientific, and practical approaches to the promotion of healthy development and well-being. Students are exposed to scholarly and applied knowledge bases regarding the interconnectedness of personal, interpersonal, institutional, and community change, barriers to healthy development and well-being at these levels, and strategies and policies that promote well-being in individuals, families, and communities.

Goals

The CAPS major prepares students to enter competitive graduate programs and to work with people in multiple contexts and settings, including: 

  • health and human services
  • schools, universities, and community programs
  • government and non-government agencies
  • grass-roots movements
  • socially responsible corporations.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the field including intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and community development and well-being; common barriers to well-being at various ecological levels; and strategies to promote healthy development and well-being in individuals, institutions, and communities.
  • Students will demonstrate reflective and critical thinking skills.
  • Students will demonstrate superior and skillful writing proficiency using language and grammar accurately, efficiently and effectively.