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Cognition, Language, and Development

Program of Study

Curriculum
All students enroll in Statistics I (3 cr) and Statistics II (3 cr); Ethics (3 cr); and Teaching of Psychology (3 cr) for a total of 12 credits.  All students enroll in 6 semesters of Research and 6 semesters of Research Skills and Professional Development (RSPD).

There are three core courses:  Cognition; Language; and Development.  Students fulfill the core requirement by taking Cognition (3 cr) and either Language (3 cr) or Development (3 cr) for a total of 6 credits.  Students may opt to take a third core course as an elective. 

Elective courses (see below for a sample curriculum) may in principle be taken from any training area and from other CUNY PhD Programs.  Electives must include at least three content courses (i.e., not methods or research courses); four content courses are strongly recommended.  Elective courses are normally 3 credits each.  Elective courses are chosen through consultation between the student and the student's advisory committee.  Course selection must be approved by the student's advisory committee.

Core courses and electives are team-taught as appropriate.

Core courses – Cognition plus Language or Development are required

  • Cognition
  • Language
  • Development

Elective Courses – Three are required; four are recommended

  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Concepts
  • Decision-making
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Development
  • Language and Thought
  • Computational Models of Language
  • Concept Development
  • Motor Behavior and Development
  • Comparative Cognition
  • Contemporary Topics in Cognition, Language, and Behavior
    • Creativity, Evolution, and Neuroscience
    • Theories of Association
    • Language and Communication
    • Atypical Development and Performance
    • Affective Neuroscience

 

Sample training sequence for Years 1-3
This sequence is designed so that students will complete their 60-credit requirement by the middle of their third year of doctoral study, averaging 12 credits per semester.

Fall, Year 1

Core 1: Cognition

Statistics I

Research

RSPD

Spring, Year 1

Core 2:  Language or Development

Statistics II

Research

RSPD

Fall, Year 2

Core 3 or Elective

Ethics

Research

RSPD

Spring,Year 2

Elective

Teaching of Psychology

Research

RSPD

Fall, Year 3

Elective

Elective

Research

RSPD

Recommended: Spring, Year 3

 

Elective

 

Elective

 

Research

 

RSPD