Educational & Psychological Studies
Community and Organizational Development
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.
- 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.
- Core Curriculum Requirements
- Plan of Study: Year 1
- Plan of Study: Year 2
- Plan of Study: Year 3
- Plan of Study: Year 4