Course work in the HDFS department provides students with an ecological approach to the study of human development and families; interactions of individuals, families and the broader environmental context are emphasized. All undergraduate majors are required to complete a core set of courses for the department and for the option, but flexibility is provided by allowing students to select electives within the department to help them prepare for careers in which they are interested.
135: Family Science:
Introduction to family science concepts including family life cycle, different styles of family life, and the influence of society on the family.
182: Aging and Wellness:
This course emphasizes a study of wellness in the later years and focuses on the positive aspects of aging and the contributions of elders in society. Includes an overview of theory and research on wellness and successful aging and a study of preventive and enrichment resources for successful aging.
186: Consumer and Society:
Consumer rights, responsibilities, and consequences of consumer decision making. Overview of advertising, fraud and other issues.
196: Field Experience
230: Life Span Development:
Study of human growth and development throughout the life span.
242: Couples, Marriages, and Families: This is a lecture course focusing on the formation of relationships in varied contexts and the diversity of couples, marriages, and families that exist in our contemporary society. Emphasis will be on relationship health as well as barriers to relationship wellness.
250: Introduction to Research Methods:
This course is an undergraduate level introduction to research methods in child development and marital and family relationships. Students will explore the scientific method as applied to HDFS, methods/issues related to data collection, and methods of data analysis.
320 - Prenatal, Infant, & Toddler Development:
A functional approach to the study of growth and development of the infant during the first two years of life. Prereq: HDFS 230 recommended.
330: Child Development:
Study of children, birth through middle childhood. Emphasis on social, cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Prereq. HDFS 230 recommended.
341: Parent-Child Relations:
Contemporary parenting principles and strategies. Emphasis on application in the home and professional settings. HDFS 230 recommended
350: Fund/Hospital Child Life Introduction to the child life profession through exploring the needs of hospitalized children. Child development theories will be used to understand coping and intervention techniques for the hospitalized child. Prereq: HDFS 320 and 330
353: Children, Families and Public Policy:
Interaction of the national economy and the family economy with regard to the public programs affecting well-being of families. Emphasis on philosophies of service delivery and policy alternatives. Prereq. HDFS 135.
357: Personal and Family Finance:
Factors influencing decisions on acquiring and using financial resources and budgeting to achieve goals. Overview of credit, taxation, savings, insurance, and investments. Prereq. HDFS 186 recommended.
424/624: Observation and Assessment of Children:
Overview of observation/assessment of children for research and practice applications.
425/625: Risk, Resilience, and Competence in Children and Adolescents:
Critical examination of research and theory on elements that place children and adolescents at risk, factors that promote resilience for those who are at risk, and the promotion of competent development for all children and adolescents.
430/630: Topics in Cognitive Development:
Understanding the fundamentals of cognitive development in children and adolescents. Topics vary each time the course is offered and may include cognition, perception, concepts, reasoning, memory, and language. May be repeated for credit with change in subtopic.
435/635: Topics/Sociemotional Development - Individual Differences in Children:
Understanding the fundamentals of socio-emotional development in children and adolescents. Topics vary each time the course is offered and may include temperament, peer relations, moral development, emotional development, gender development, or development of self-concept. May be repeated for credit with change in subtopic.
448/648: Issues in Sexuality:
Study of personal, interpersonal and societal meanings of human sexuality. Decision making relevant to sexual behavior. Prereq. Psyc. 210 recommended.
450/650: Adolescent Development:
Study of physical, social, cognitive and emotional development of adolescents. Includes examination of contemporary issues related to this age group. Prereq. Jr./Sr standing
460/660: Adult Development and Aging:
Study of development during adulthood and later life. Emphasis on perceptual-motor and cognitive functioning, personality, adjustment, social, familial and cultural aspects of adulthood. 6 credits of Social Science.
462/662: Methods of Family Life Education: Models of Family Crisis and Wellness:
Introduces students to the study of various family issues including crisis, stress, diversity and change and the role of family life education as a method of preventing or mediating family distress.
468/668: Families & Work:
Issues, opportunities and problems related to the interface of work and family. Topics include household division of labor, trends in the labor market, and work-family policy. Prereq: 6 credits social science or HDFS
475/675: Children and Families Across Cultures:
Study of developmental and family issues as viewed from a cross-cultural diversity perspective. Prereq. 6 credits of Social Science.
477/677: Financial Counseling:
Advanced analysis of family financial issues. Evaluation of alternative financial programs. Prereq. HDFS 357.
478/678: Financial and Consumer Issues of Aging:
Integration of economic and consumer problems of the elderly including income trends in retirement and health care. Prereq. 6 credits of Social Science.
481/681: Women and Aging:
Study of theory, research, and application of issues related to women and the aging experience.
482/682: Family Dynamics of Aging:
Examination of issues related to family life in the later years from the perspectives of the elderly and the family. Prereq. 6 credits of Social Science.
483: Developmentally Appropriate Practices from Birth through Adolescence:
This course will provide guidance in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and programming from birth through adolescence including infancy, preschool age, childhood, and adolescence. A strong emphasis on careers from birth through adolescence in child development and family scene will be incorporated into this course. Prereq: HDFS 320, 330, 450
484: Developmentally Appropriate Practices Across the Adult Lifespan:
This course will provide guidance in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and programming across the adult lifespan from emerging to later adulthood. A strong emphasis on family science careers working with adults, their families, and connecting the generations will be incorporated into this course. Prereq: HDFS 450 & 460
496: Field Experience (Link to Field Experience sites)
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