Department of Human Development and Family Studies

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Programs

The Human Environmental Sciences (M.S.) specialization in human development and family studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and research skills necessary to pursue doctoral work and for advanced employment in a wide variety of occupations serving children, adults and families. 

Faculty

Department Head
  • Carroll M. Tingle
Professor
  • Hernandez-Reif, Maria
Assistant Professors
  • Berryhill, Blake
  • Blitch, Kimberly
  • Burns-Nader, Sherwood
  • Casper, Deborah
  • Downs, Karly
  • Komara, Cecile
  • Totenhagen, Casey
Associate Professors
  • Curtner-Smith, Mary Elizabeth
  • Scofield, Jason
  • Witte, Tricia
Professors Emeriti
  • Hudson, Carmen
  • Enders, Linda
  • Jesse, Peggy
  • Ladewick, Becky
  • Stinnett, Nancy
  • Stinnett, Nick
  • Strickland, Martha

Courses

HD
500
Hours
3
Lifespan Human Development

This course will advance students' knowledge of the theories and research in human development across the lifespan. Major areas of study include: developmental theory and physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

HD
501
Hours
3
Child Development

Covers principles of growth and development, chief areas of concern in the field, and supporting research.

HD
510
Hours
3
Family Policy

The course will examine state of the family, trends and implications for family policy. The process of policy formation, implementation, evaluation and advocacy will be reviewed.

HD
512
Hours
3
Adult Development

Theories of and research on development throughout adulthood; young adulthood, middle years and aging are presented.

HD
525
Hours
3
Adv Preschool Dev & Curriculum

This course is designed for students to understand, design, implement and evaluate appropriate curricular practices for preschool children. Developmental theories and current issues in early childhood education are examined.

HD
535
Hours
3
Parent/Child Relationshp

Theories and research on parent/child relationships and an examination of how the parent/child relationship influences aspects of child development. Basic models of parent education and parent involvement are also examined.

HD
540
Hours
3
Couple and Marital Therapy

This course provides students an introduction to clinical work with couples. An overview of three major approaches to couples therapy are included. In the course, students are encouraged to develop intervention skills related to these approaches and to think about working with couples of diverse backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): na
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: na
HD
545
Hours
3
Addiction and the Family

This course is an examination of the impact of substance abuse and addiction on the family as well as the influence of familial factors and family dynamics on addiction and the process of recovery.

HD
550
Hours
3
Hospitalzd Child & Youth

The developmental and psychological theories involved in the practice of child life in health care settings.

HD
551
Hours
3
Loss And Bereavement

Provides students with a general overview of the grief processes as they impact children and families. Examines issues surrounding children's grief/bereavement and studies issues surrounding complicated mourning.

HD
561
Hours
3
Theories Family Studies

Historical overview of and contemporary theoretical approaches for understanding family behavior. Theoretical perspectives (such as systems, exchange, developmental, behavioral, and symbolic interaction) are applied to family research and practice.

HD
562
Hours
3
Dynamics Of Family Reltn

Study of interaction within the family, with emphasis on historical changes, major issues, marriage success and family strengths, and family processes such as communication and conflict patterns. A focus on ethnic and racial family forms is also included.

HD
567
Hours
3
Pract Marriage Family Therapy

Provides students with preliminary supervised experience in a professional setting.

HD
568
Hours
3
Pract I Marriage Family Thery

Provides students with supervised practice in marriage and family therapy.

HD
576
Hours
3
Sem Human Sexuality

Discussion and analysis of underlying issues in human sexuality research.

HD
580
Hours
3
Children and Divorce

Theory and research regarding effects of parental divorce on children's cognitive and social-personality development.

HD
591
Hours
1-6
Sp Prob Hum Dev Fam Stdy

Provides an opportunity to pursue special needs and interests. Students work primarily on their own, but under supervision.

HD
598
Hours
1-6
Research Practicum

Participation in a cooperative faculty/student research project related to human development.

HD
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

Integration of theory and research related to infant behavior and development.

HD
601
Hours
3
Advanced Child Development

Advances student's knowledge of the theories and research in child development. Major areas of study include: developmental theory and physical, cognitive and social development.

HD
602
Hours
3
Adv Infant Development

Examination of theoretical bases for behavior in infancy, and review of research literature on attachment behavior and various topics of major concern.

HD
603
Hours
3
Adolescent Development:Theories and Research on Adolescent Development

An examination of the basic concepts, theories, and research in the growth and development of adolescents. Psychological theories and research in major areas of adolescent development will be covered, including the areas of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and moral development. The course will also emphasize the application of the concepts of adolescent development to school, home, and community settings. Special issues related to adolescent development will be included. The goals of the course are that students will acquire a thorough understanding of adolescent development and application of psychological theory and research to work with adolescents. A second goal for the class is that students will be able to use their knowledge of adolescent development in order to make reasoned decisions about how to enhance adolescent development, learning, and mental health.

HD
631
Hours
3
Readings Human Developmt

With an interdisciplinary approach to issues and concerns in life-span development, the course examines theory and research on selected topics.

HD
640
Hours
3
Couple and Sex Therapy

This course is designed to introduce students to the diverse and complex dynamic of clinical work with couples. The course will provide an overview of two evidenced-based approaches to couples therapy (Gottman Method Couples Therapy & Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy), and special issues related to couples therapy, sex therapy and infidelity. Throughout the course, students will develop intervention skills related to these approaches, and skills related to working with couples of diverse backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): HD 567 or equivalent
HD
645
Hours
3
Cultural Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy

This course explores areas of cultural diversity relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy. Learning to respond in a culturally sensitive manner and recognizing contextual and systemic dynamics as related to establishing productive therapeutic alliance and delivering successful intervention are included.

HD
664
Hours
3
Family Therapy

Examination and application of Family Therapy methodological and theoretical counseling principles. Emphasis is on helping families overcome stresses and develop strategies in response to normative and non-normative life events.

HD
665
Hours
3
Advanced Family Therapy

Theoretical underpinnings of of emotionally focused therapy (EFT), narrative therapy, and experiential family therapy are presented. Students will become competent in the conceptualization and application of these models to individuals, couples, and families.

Prerequisite(s): HD 664, Family Therapy
HD
667
Hours
3
Pract II Marriage Family Ther

Advanced supervised practice in marriage and family therapy.

Prerequisite(s): HD 567 and HD 568
HD
668
Hours
1-6
Intern Marriage Family Therapy

Supervised field experience in an appropriate job setting in marriage and family therapy.

HD
689
Hours
3-6
Practicum Human Developm

Experience with human development in classroom teaching or agency settings.

HD
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

Integration of theory and research in a guided research project.