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EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT (EPS)

The major in Community and Applied Psychological Studies (CAPS), integrates individual, interpersonal, social, and community approaches to 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

By exploring the scholarly and practical interconnections among individual, interpersonal, social, 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 theory, research, and skills. It culminates in a practicum in a setting related to students’ area of interest and prepares them for both graduate studies and careers.

MAJOR COURSE SELECTION

If you have selected Community and Applied Psychological Studies, then please select the following courses for your first-semester enrollment:  You may elect to enroll in only one course in your major for the fall semester.

  • EPS 201 Psychological Change and Wellbeing (Preferred choice)
  • EPS 270  Lifespan Human Development

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

Every freshman is required to enroll in an English course OR have earned English Composition credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment (DE), or transfer work.

  • If you have earned a score of 5 on the AP English Composition & Language Exam or a score of 6 or 7 on the IB (Upper-level exam), then you will earn 6 credits for English Composition (3 credits each for English 105 and 106) and this requirement is complete.
  • If you have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP English Composition and Literature Exam then you will receive 3 credits and equivalency for ENG 210. You are required to enroll in ENG 105.
  • If you earned an SAT Verbal score greater than 700 or an ACT score greater than 32, then English 105 is waived. You may proceed to enroll in English 106 or you have the option to wait until the spring semester to enroll in English 106.

Enroll in either:

ENG 105 English Composition I (All students who have not been waived or earned credit)

OR

ENG 106 English Composition II (Only students who have credit for or have been waived out of ENG 105)

MATH REQUIREMENT

First-Year Students who have not completed a Mathematics course at the College Algebra level are required to begin their Mathematics sequence upon entering the University of Miami.

  • Your Canelink account will have your Math placement level indicated for you based on the following criteria:     
    • If you have earned AP/IB credit for Math, then your Math requirement will be satisfied.
    • If you have earned Dual Enrollment credit, you may have satisfied your Math requirement.  You will need to meet with an advisor prior to the start of the semester to verify your correct Math placement.
    • Math Courses (minimum level required to satisfy) are:
      • MTH 101 (College Algebra)
      • Statistics EPS 351 (Intro to Statistics and Research Design)

GENERAL EDUCATION AND COGNATE FULFILLMENT

The University of Miami’s General Education Requirements ensures that graduates have acquired essential intellectual skills and have engaged in a range of academic disciplines.  All new students will fulfill the General Education requirements by selecting a Cognate, which is a cluster of courses arranged by their content, field, and interest. The cognate search engine can be found here.

  • A cognate is a group of at least three related courses for at least 9 credits.
  • The courses in a cognate are related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other such fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge in the area.
  • Each cognate has course options that allow students to complete the cognate in ways that meet their individual interests while staying within the coherent focus of the cognate.
  • Students must take three cognates to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement, one in the Arts & Humanities (A&H), one in People & Society (P&S), and one in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).
    • Each major and minor fulfills a cognate requirement in one area.
    • Human and Social Development Majors will fulfill the P&S Cognate.
    • Therefore, CAPS majors must fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement by selecting and completing one cognate from each of the following areas:
      • Arts & Humanities (A&H)
      • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • Please go to the link for Cognates and begin your search for selecting a topic of interest that you think you would like to study in order to complete your General Education Requirements.

TYPICAL FIRST SEMESTER SCHEDULE for CAPS Majors (15 Credits)

ENG 105 3 credits
MTH 101 3 credits
EPS 201 3 credits
EPS 270 3 credits
Elective Course (STEM or A & H Cognate) 3 credits