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