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Associate in Science in
Human Development and Family Studies

Courses

The associate degree in human development and family studies offers an excellent professional development opportunity for those who already work in a human service–related field, but additionally serves as an appropriate entry point for those who aspire to human service–related occupations. This program integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level, professional competence in the human service fields. The objective of the major is to offer a general education background, a knowledge base in life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that may be applied in program planning and service delivery activities. Students can choose from two areas of focus.

Prescribed Courses (21 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

    • GWS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Writing/Speaking (GWS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    An intensive, rhetorically based experience in reading and writing that will prepare you both to understand the communications that surround you and to succeed in your own communication efforts.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 4 or satisfactory performance on the English placement examination

    • GWS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Writing/Speaking (GWS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

  • 6
    credits

    Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

    • Note

      This is a two-semester internship sequence. In the first semester, students complete HD FS 395.1 (3 credits) to secure and prepare for an internship. In the next semester, students take HD FS 395.2 (3 credits), which combines 160 hours of hands-on work at a human service organization with an academic component.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

    • GS

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

Additional Courses (select 9–10 credits)

    • 3
      credits

      A general survey of structure and function — from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death.

      • Note

        Students who have passed BIOL 129 and BIOL 141 may not schedule this course.

      • GN

        This course can be used to satisfy the Natural Sciences (GN) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Examination of human aging from a biological perspective. Population demographics, physiological and pathological changes, and healthy lifestyles are discussed. Students who have passed BIOL 409 may not schedule this course.

      • GN

        This course course may be used to satisfy the Natural Sciences (GN) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems.

      • Note

        Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.

      • GN

        This course can be used to satisfy the Natural Sciences (GN) requirement.

    • 3
      credits

      An introduction to quantitative methods in educational research emphasizing the interpretation of frequently encountered statistical procedures.

      • GQ

        This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Introduction to the art and science of decision-making in the presence of uncertainty.

      • GQ

        This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

    • or:
      4
      credits

      Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

      • Prerequisite

        Placement into MATH 021 or higher.

      • GQ

        This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

    • 3
      credits

      Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.

      • Prerequisite

        HDFS 129; 3 credits in social, behavioral, or human biological sciences

      • US

        The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the United States Cultures (US) requirement.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons.

      • GS

        The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

Option Courses (6–9 credits)

Adult Development and Aging Services Option Prescribed Courses (6 credits)

This option is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of service roles in mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service, women's resource centers, human relations programs, employee assistance programs, and customer services and consumer relations programs in business and industry. An approved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families is required for this option (HD FS 395).

  • 3
    credits

    Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

    • Prerequisite

      HDFS 129

Children, Youth, and Family Services Option Prescribed Courses (9 credits)

This option is designed to prepare students for service roles in preschools; daycare centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused, or neglected children and adolescents; and a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting is required for this option (HD FS 395).

  • 3
    credits

    Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.

    • GS

      This course can be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

    • Prerequisite

      HDFS 129

Supporting and Related Courses (select 15 credits)

You should consult with your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill degree requirements from the HD FS supporting course list, as some courses not listed may be taken to fulfill degree requirements in this category.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits
  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Any General Education course, including Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked courses): 3 credits
  • United States Cultures (US), or International Cultures (IL) or combined designation (US; IL): 3 credits
    May be satisfied by designated courses that also meet other degree or General Education requirements.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (W, M, X, Y): 3 credits
    May be satisfied by designated courses that also meet other degree or General Education requirements.

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