BSHES in Human Development and Family Studies with Emphasis in Family and Lifespan Development
Degree Program Description
In the Family and Lifespan Development emphasis, students become familiar with theory and research about families and individuals across the lifespan. Coursework focuses on bio-psycho-social development, family functioning, and interpersonal relationships in relevant settings such as at home, in child care, at school, and in the work place. Diversity is emphasized through examining multicultural families and diverse family structures and processes, and variations in individual development and relationships associated with such factors as gender, race, ethnicity, social class and health status. Opportunities are available for the practical application of theory and research in working with individuals, families, schools, and communities.
Major Program Requirements
|A. Requirements in H D FS||56-62|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|or STAT 1400||Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|PHIL 1100||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|or PHIL 2440||Medical Ethics|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or RU_SOC 1000||Rural Sociology|
|H_D_FS 1600||Foundations of Family Science *||3|
|H_D_FS 2200||Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science *||3|
|H_D_FS 2300||Multicultural Study of Children and Families *||3|
|H_D_FS 2400||Principles of Human Development (WI) *||4|
|H_D_FS 2450||Human Sexuality Across the Life Span||3|
|H_D_FS 3150||Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood) (WI) *||3|
|H_D_FS 3430||Adolescence and Young Adulthood||3|
|H_D_FS 3440||Adulthood and Aging||3|
|H_D_FS 3500||Infant-Toddler Practicum||3-6|
|or H_D_FS 3700||Preschool Practicum|
|or H_D_FS 3730||Field Training Practicum|
|H_D_FS 4610||Stress and Resilience in Families||3|
|or H_D_FS 4700||Children and Families in Poverty|
|H_D_FS 4620||Family Interaction||3|
|H_D_FS 4640||Interpersonal Relationships||3|
|H_D_FS 4970||Families and Lifespan Development Capstone **||4|
|H_D_FS 4993||Internship in Human Development and Family Science||3-6|
|B. Related Electives|
|Select 24 credits from the following:||24|
|H_D_FS 1610||Intimate Relationships and Marriage||3|
|H_D_FS 3085||Problems in Human Development and Family Science||1-3|
|or H_D_FS 4085||Problems in Human Development and Family Science|
|H_D_FS 3090||Research Experience in Human Development and Family Science||1-6|
|H_D_FS 3500||Infant-Toddler Practicum (if not taken as a required course - see requirements in HDFS above)||6|
|H_D_FS 3600||Partnering with Parents and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 3700||Preschool Practicum (if not taken as a required course - see requirements in HDFS above)||6|
|H_D_FS 3730||Field Training Practicum (if not taken as a required course - see requirements in HDFS above)||3|
|H_D_FS 3800||Children's Play||3|
|H_D_FS 4090||Advanced Research in Human Development and Family Science||1-6|
|H_D_FS 4200||Latino/a Youth and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 4300||Black Families||3|
|H_D_FS 4420||Environmental Influences on Lifespan Cognition||3|
|H_D_FS 4570||Development and Administration of Child Services Programs||3|
|H_D_FS 4610||Stress and Resilience in Families (if not taken as a required course - see requirements in HDFS above)||3|
|H_D_FS 4630||The Process of Divorce||3|
|H_D_FS 4700||Children and Families in Poverty (if not taken as a required course - see requirements in HDFS above)||3|
|H_D_FS 4720||Child and Family Advocacy||3|
|H_D_FS 4001||Topics in Human Development and Family Science||1-6|
In addition, students may select up to 6 hours of advisor-approved courses from related disciplines such as Anthropology, Black Studies, Communication Studies, Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. (0-6 credits). The student must obtain academic advisor approval prior to enrolling in these courses.
Students may plan a program of study which will help prepare them for earning the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential from the National Council on Family Relations. Consultation with the student’s academic advisor is recommended to determine the current requirements for this credential.
Cannot be completed until successful completion of H_D_FS core courses and H_D_FS 3430, H_D_FS 3440 and 12 credit from H_D_FS 4610, H_D_FS 4620, H_D_FS 4630, H_D_FS 4640 and H_D_FS 4700 or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours of these 3000/4000-level courses can be concurrent with H_D_FS 4970.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|GN_HES 1100||1||H_D_FS 2400||4|
|H_D_FS 1600||3||Supporting Coursework||3|
|NEP 1034||3||SOCIOL 1000||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|H_D_FS 2300||3||H_D_FS 3150 (WI)||3|
|H D FS Related Elective||3||H_D_FS 3430||3|
|PHIL 1100 or 2440||3||H D FS Related Elective||3|
|Humanities||3||Am History or Government||3|
|H_D_FS 3440||3||H_D_FS 4620||3|
|H_D_FS 3730||3||H D FS Related Elective||3|
|COMMUN 1200||3||Supporting Coursework||3|
|H_D_FS 2450||3||H_D_FS 4700||3|
|H_D_FS 4640||3||H_D_FS 4993||3-6|
|H_D_FS 4970||4||H D FS Related Elective||3|
|H D FS Related Elective||3||H D FS Related Elective||3|
|Supporting Coursework||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120-123|
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