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This major integrates practical and academic experiences to provide the student with entry-level professional competence in the human service field.

 

The objective of the major is to offer a general education background, a knowledge base in life span and family development, and a core of professional skills that may be applied in program planning and service delivery activities. The major is offered part-time, in the evening, and through independent learning.

For the Associate in Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a minimum of 60 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(15 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 0-3 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 51-55 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GN courses; and 3 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH MAJOR OPTIONS: 30-31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
(Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100 (GWS) EFFECTIVE SPEECH ( 3) Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

ENGL 015 (GWS) RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION ( 3) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination

*HD FS 129 [1] (GS) INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES ( 3) Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

*Please Note: Student may take only one course for General Education credits from HD FS 129 GS or SOC 030 GS.

HD FS 301 [1] VALUES AND ETHICS IN HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONS ( 3) Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

PSYCH 100  (GS) INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY ( 3) Effective Date: SP2007 Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

(Sem: 3-4)
HD FS 395 INTERNSHIP ( 6 -18) Effective Date: SP2007 Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required. Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor

ADDITIONAL COURSES choose one course from each # 2, 3 and 4 (9-10 credits)
1. EDPSY 101 [1] (GQ) ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF STATISTICAL DATA IN EDUCATION ( 3) An introduction to quantitative methods in educational research emphasizing the interpretation of frequently encountered statistical procedures.

2. STAT 100 [1], or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)

STAT 100 [1] (GQ) STATISTICAL CONCEPTS AND REASONING ( 3) Introduction to the art and science of decision making in the presence of uncertainty.

or STAT 200 [1] (GQ) ELEMENTARY STATISTICS ( 4) Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: 2 units in algebra

3. HD FS 315 US(3)[1] or SOC 030 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

HD FS 315 [1]   (US) FAMILY DEVELOPMENT ( 3) Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change. Prerequisite: HD FS 129 ; 3 credits of social, behavioral, or human biological sciences

or *SOC 030 (GS) SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY ( 3) Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons. *Please Note: Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129 GS.

4. BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), or BI SC 004 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

BIOL 141 (GN) INTRODUCTORY PHYSIOLOGY ( 3) Explanation of the normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems. Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.

or BIOL 055 (GN) INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOLOGY OF AGING ( 3) Examination of human aging from a biological perspective. Population demographics, physiological and pathological changes, and healthy lifestyles are discussed. Students who have passed BIOL 409 may not schedule this course.

or BI SC 004 (GN) HUMAN BODY: FORM AND FUNCTION ( 3) A general survey of structure and function--from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death. Students who have passed BIOL 129 and 141 may not schedule this course.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 21-24 credits

 

 

1. ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
(Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 249 [1] (GS) ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING ( 3) Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age.

HD FS 311 [1] HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES INTERVENTIONS ( 3) Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches. Prerequisite: HD FS 129

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option (Sem: 1-4)


2. CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION: (24 credits)

 

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
(Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 229 [1] (GS) INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT ( 3) Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 239 [1] (GS) ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ( 3) Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.

HD FS 311[1] HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES INTERVENTIONS ( 3) Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches. Prerequisite: HD FS 129

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option (Sem: 1-4)


 

3. EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION OPTION: (24 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
(Sem: 1-2)
HD FS 229 [1] (GS) INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT ( 3) Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 230 [1] OVERVIEW OF CURRICULAR PRACTICES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION ( 3) Curricular practices in programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Focus on developmentally appropriate practice, emergent curriculum and home/child care links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 231 [1] GUIDANCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION ( 3) Positive guidance methods for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, leading to self-control and social capability. Includes focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 311 [1] HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES INTERVENTIONS ( 3) Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches. Prerequisite: HD FS 129

(Sem: 3-4)
HD FS 232 [1] CREATIVITY AND PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION ( 3) Planning for play, creativity and exploration in programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Includes focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 233 [1] EMERGENT LANGUAGE AND LITERACY: DEVELOPMENT AND PRACTICE IN EARLY CHI LDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION ( 3) Fostering development of language and literacy in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Includes children's literature and focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 234 [1] MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE REASONING: DEVELOPMENT AND PRACTICE IN EARLY CHI LDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION ( 3) Fostering development of mathematical reasoning and scientific inquiry in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Includes project approach and focus on home/childcare links. Prerequisite: HD FS 229

HD FS 330(3)[1] OBSERVATION OR EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES ( 1 - 6 per semester) Directed observations of, or supervised experience with children, youth, and families in group or home settings. Prerequisite: HD FS 229 or PSY 213

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


If you are interested, please contact:

 

Claudia Brown
Instructor, Human Development & Family Studies
Email:  cmb2@psu.edu
Phone: (724)-983-2979.

For admissions information, contact the Shenango Admissions
Office at (724) 983-2803.