Human & Social Development: Community and Program Development Track – B.S.E.D.

Educational & Psychological Studies

Community and Program Development

B.S.E.D.

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.

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 community development.
  • Emphasizes the role of non-government agencies in fostering the wellbeing of community members of diverse backgrounds.
  • Coursework includes program development, implementation, and evaluation in non-profit community settings.
  • Provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in community psychology and public policy, and careers in not-for-profit leadership.

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits

EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being
EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development
EPS 291 Community and Character Development
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior
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 452 Community Program Development And Evaluation
EPS 462 Community Consultation and Leadership
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 311 Group Processes and Development
ENG 105 English Composition I
STEM Cognate
Arts & Humanities Cognate
Minor General Elective

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 361 Community Psychology & Development
Minor Course
General Elective
STEM Cognate

Fall

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

Spring

EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design
EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development And Evaluation (HSDC Track Elective) or Community Consultation and Leadership
Minor Course
General Elective
General Elective

Fall

EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development And Evaluation (HSDC Track Elective) or Community Consultation and Leadership
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Spring

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

Program Contact

Gina Astorini

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Services

305-284-3826


Room: Merrick Building 312-D

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