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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

Human Development and Family Studies - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2005
End Date: Spring Semester 2006

Human Development and Family Studies - ARCHIVE

Altoona College (HFSAL)
University College (HFSCC): Penn State Delaware County, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Shenango, Penn State Worthington-Scranton, Penn State York
College of Health and Human Development (HD FS)

PROFESSOR STEVEN H. ZARIT, Head of the Department

This major is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Students obtain a broad background in individual and family development across the life span. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

Four options are available within the major: (1) Children, Youth, and Family Services, (2) Adult Development and Aging Services, and (3) Life Span Human Development and Family Relations are available at University Park and (4) Community Human Services is available at the Altoona College and the University College. The introductory paragraph to each of the options includes a brief list of career opportunities. More extensive descriptions of career opportunities in both public and private sectors are available for the program.

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION: This option focuses on the biological, psychological, and social development of infants, children, and adolescents, with special emphasis on the structure and functioning of the family. Courses emphasize the understanding of basic theoretical and methodological issues and the development of applied skills in intervention and evaluation and in the formulation of policy. An approved field experience in a children, youth, or family services setting is required for this option. Typical employment settings include preschools, daycare centers, hospitals, institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, and abused or neglected children and adolescents, as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. This option may also be used by students as preparation for graduate work in applied human development and human service areas.

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION: This option focuses on the biological, psychological, and social development of adults and elderly individuals, with special emphasis on the various contexts of adult development, including work and the family. Course experiences emphasize the understanding of basic theoretical and methodological issues, and the development of applied skills in intervention and evaluation and in the formulation of policy. An approved field experience in any of a wide variety of settings that serve adults, the aged, and their families, is required for this option. Typical employment settings include mental health facilities, nursing homes and other institutions for the aged, area agencies on aging, public welfare and family service agencies, women's resource centers, human relations programs, and employee assistance programs. This option may also be used by students as preparation for graduate work in applied human development and human service areas.

LIFE SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY RELATIONS OPTION: This option is designed to permit maximum flexibility for students wishing to prepare themselves for careers in research and teaching, or for professional careers that require graduate training. Students in this option will be encouraged, but not required, to be in the University Scholars Program. Courses within the option emphasize a thorough understanding of the theory and methods of life span human development and family relations, including multidisciplinary perspectives on the biological basis and sociocultural context of human development. An approved, multisemester research practicum is an integral component of this option. Typical postgraduate pursuits of students completing this option include graduate study in human development, family studies, psychology, or sociology, or advanced professional training in psychology, medicine, law, biobehavioral health, or social work.

COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES OPTION (offered only at the Altoona College and the University College): This option is designed for individuals who have earned at least 60 college credit hours and are seeking preparation as human services professionals with proficiencies in human development and the delivery of human services in communities. The option combines the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with applied study in a community setting. Students develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and participate in active learning, team-building, and group exercises. The option allows students throughout the Penn State Campuses to become familiar with unique human services needs and organizations in Pennsylvania communities, a design that sets the option apart from other human services degrees offered throughout the Penn State Campuses. The option helps prepare students for positions with community human services agencies serving children, adolescents, families, and the aged.

For the B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3-10 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 5-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 70-79 credits
(This includes 3-10 credits of General Education GQ courses: 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 0-3 credits of GN courses; 0-3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 21-22 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)[1]
HD FS 129 GS(3), HD FS 312W(3)[35] (Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 311(3), HD FS 315 US(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)[1]
Select 6 credits from HD FS 229 GS(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), HD FS 249 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) or EDPSY 101 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 49-57 credits

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES OPTION: (50-51 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)[1]
HD FS 301(3), HD FS 411(3), HD FS 414(3), HD FS 418(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (26-27 credits)[1]
Select 9 credits from HD FS 405(3), HD FS 410(3), HD FS 412(3), HD FS 415(3), HD FS 425(3), HD FS 428(3), HD FS 429(3), HD FS 430(6), HD FS 431(3), HD FS 432(3), HD FS 433(3), HD FS 450(3), HD FS 453(3), HD FS 454(3), HD FS 477(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from HD FS 428(3), HD FS 429(3), or HD FS 433(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 14-15 credits (practice) from a. or b.:
a. Approved field practice in children, youth, or family service setting: HD FS 490(2), HD FS 495A(8), HD FS 495B(4) (Sem: 5-8)
b. Approved research experience with children, youth, or family service setting: HD FS 310M(3), 400-level related courses(6), HD FS 494H(6) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits (minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level) in consultation with adviser from University-wide offerings that develop competency in the option (a grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy this requirement) (Sem: 5-8)

ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING SERVICES OPTION: (50-51 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)[1]
HD FS 301(3), HD FS 411(3), HD FS 414(3), HD FS 418(3), HD FS 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (23-24 credits)
Select 9 credits from BIOL 055 GN(3), BIOL 409(3), HD FS 413(3)[1], HD FS 425(3)[1], HD FS 434(3)[1], HD FS 446(3)[1], HD FS 447(3)[1], HD FS 477(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 14-15 credits (practice) from a. or b.:
a. Approved field practice in adult service setting: HD FS 490(2)[1], HD FS 495A(8)[1], HD FS 495B(4)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
b. Approved research experience with adults: HD FS 310M(3)[1], 400-level related courses(6)[1], HD FS 494H(6)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits (minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level) in consultation with adviser from University-wide offerings that develop competency in option (a grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy this requirement) (Sem: 5-8)

LIFE SPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY RELATIONS OPTION: (50 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSE (12 credits)[1]
HD FS 468(3), HD FS 496(9) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30 credits)
Select 6 credits[1] from HD FS 300H, HD FS 310M(3), or HD FS 496(6) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits[1] from HD FS 410(3) or HD FS 417(3); HD FS 418(3) or HD FS 424(3); HD FS 428(3), HD FS 429(3), or HD FS 433(3); HD FS 434(3) or HD FS 445(3), or if Honors, HD FS 494H(6) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from EDPSY 400(3), EDPSY 406(3), PSY 450(3), SOC 471(3), SOC 473(3), STAT 480(1) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from BIOL 033 GN(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 341 GN(3), BIOL 409(3), PSY 203(3), PSY 407(3), PSY 484(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (8 credits)
Select 8 credits in consultation with adviser from University-wide offerings that develop competency in the option (a grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy this requirement) (Sem: 5-8)

COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES OPTION: (49-57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)[1]
HD FS 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 302A(3) (Sem: 3-6)
HD FS 411(3) (Sem: 3-8)
HD FS 414(3), HD FS 418(3), HD FS 455(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (25-27 credits)
Select 3 credits from SOC 005 GS(3), SOC 015 GS(3), SOC 055 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from BI SC 004 GN(3), BIOL 055 GN(3), BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 6 credits from HD FS 429(3)[1], HD FS 433(3)[1], HD FS 445(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 13-15 credits (practice) from a or b:
a. Approved field practice in human services setting: HD FS 490(2)[1], HD FS 495A(8)[1], HD FS 495B(4)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
b. Approved group project or field practice in human services setting: HD FS 401(3)[1], HD FS 402(4)[1], HD FS 495C(6-8)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6-12 credits)
Select 6-12 credits (minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level), in consultation with adviser, from University-wide offerings that develop competency in the option. (A grade of C or better is required in any HD FS course taken to satisfy this requirement.) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[35] Honors students take HD FS 300H(3) and HD FS 310M(3) (an honors writing-intensive course) but they do not take HD FS 312W(3).

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-03-027

Review Date: 3/05

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