Human & Social Development: Individual and Relational Development Track – B.S.E.D.

Educational & Psychological Studies

Individual and Relational Development

B.S.E.D.

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.

The major in Human and Social Development (HSD) is based on the premise that the well-being of individuals and families cannot be fostered in isolation from the communities in which they live and the institutions that affect their lives.

HSD courses cover the scholarly and applied knowledge bases regarding the interconnectedness of personal, interpersonal, institutional, and community change, the barriers to healthy development and well-being at these levels, and the strategies and policies that promote well-being in individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis is placed on research and theory regarding preventive and strengths-promoting strategies as applied to complex, multicultural systems.


Required Coursework

Track Description:
  • Covers theory, research, and skills required for the promotion of healthy individual and relational development.
  • Emphasizes strength-based, preventive, and empowering approaches and the role of context and diversity in mental health.
  • Coursework includes family studies, counseling theories and techniques, basic helping skills, and the foundations of human service work.
  • Provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in the helping professions and for careers in health and human services.

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits

EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development
EPS 280 Introduction to Family Studies: Dating, Coupling, Parenting
EPS 291 Community and Character Development
EPS 311 Group Processes and Development
EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations
EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design (statistics or equivalent)
EPS 361 Community Psychology & Development
EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods
EPS 420 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
EPS 440 Listening and Helping Skills
EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum
EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar

Fall

EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development
ENG 105 English Composition I
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (or equivalent)
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience
Arts & Humanities Cognate

Spring

EPS 280 Introduction to Family Studies: Dating, Coupling, Parenting (track elective)
EPS 311 Group Processes and Development
ENG 105 English Composition I
STEM Cognate
Arts & Humanities Cognate

Fall

EPS 291 Community and Character Development
EPS 361 Community Psychology & Development
Minor Course
Arts and Humanities Cognate
STEM Cognate

Spring

EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations
EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design
Minor Course
Minor Course or General Elective
STEM Cognate

Fall

EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods
Minor Course
Minor Course
General Elective
General Elective

Spring

EPS 420 or 440 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (track elective) or Listening and Helping Skills.
Minor Course
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Fall

EPS 420 or 440 Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (track elective) or Listening and Helping Skills.
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Spring

EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum
EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar
Free Elective
Free Elective
Minor Elective (if needed)

Program Contact

Gina Astorini

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Services

305-284-3826


Room: Merrick Building 312-D

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