Human Development & Human Services Major


Bachelor of Arts in Human Development & Human Services

A major in Human Development and Human Services prepares students for graduate study or a variety of bachelor-level careers in education, social work, sociology, psychology, human services, social services, and related fields.


 The Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Human Services provides students with a broad based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals, who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields.  The major is specifically designed to encourage students to self-design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and in the interdisciplinary field of Human Development and Human Services.

Students enrolled as Human Development and Human Services majors select an area of concentration based on their interest.  Concentrations include: Early Childhood Education (Ages 3-8), School Age Education (Ages 5-12), Administrative, and Advocacy.  Each of these concentrations includes a field placement and the option for an internship.

Initial teacher licensure preparation for the Early Childhood: Teacher of Children with and without Disabilities (Pre-K-2) is another option for Human Development and Human Services majors.  The initial license qualifies students to begin teaching in the state of Massachusetts, and is reciprocal with most other states under the Interstate Certification Compact. It should be noted that the initial teacher license is the second of three levels of licensure for Massachusetts schools.
 

Requirements
The major in Human Development and Human Services requires students to take eight foundation courses, which support the degree and are drawn from the disciplines already established in the School of Education and the School of Justice and Social Sciences (Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology).  The specific area of concentration and remaining courses will be selected according to the student’s focus of study.  This plan will be designed in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and faculty of the School of Education and the School of Justice and Social Sciences.

Required Courses (24 credits)
HDS 310 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
HDS 315 Family and Community Relationships
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology
SWK 307 Racial and Cultural Minorities
SWK 350 Child Abuse/Family Preservation/Permanency Planning

One of the following:

PSY 207 Child Development
PSY 215 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 217 Human Life span Development
SWK 348 Growth & Behavior & the Social Environment I
SWK 349 Growth & Behavior & the Social Environment II

One of the following:

HDS 490 Fostering Mental Health: Supporting the Human Spirit
PSY 490 Group Dynamics

Areas of Concentration (18 credits)
Students may choose from the following concentrations or self-design a concentration with advisor approval.

Early Childhood (Ages 3-8) Concentration (18 credits)
HDS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior
EDU 310 Language Arts & Children’s Literature
EDU 311 Curriculum in Early Childhood (w/field placement)
EDU 499 Internship

Two of the following:

EDU 212 Developmental Disabilities
EDU 330 Strategies for Inclusion
EDU 331 Learning Disabilities I           
EDU 332 Learning Disabilities II
EDU 336 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

School Age (Ages 5-12) Concentration (18 credits)
HDS 204 Selected Contemporary Issues in Health
HDS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior
EDU 310 Language Arts & Children’s Literature
EDU 314 School Age Curriculum (w/field placement)
EDU 499 Internship

One of the following:

EDU 212 Developmental Disabilities
EDU 330 Strategies for Inclusion
EDU 331 Learning Disabilities I           
EDU 332 Learning Disabilities II
EDU 336 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

Administrative Concentration (18 credits)
HDS 204 Selected Contemporary Issues in Health
BUS 260  Principles of Management
BUS 316 Human Resource Management
HDS 450 Principles of Supervision (w/field placement)

One of the following:

BLP 110 Leadership
EDU 203 Child Care Administration

One of the following:

HDS 490 Fostering Mental Health: Supporting the Human Spirit
PSY 490 Group Dynamics

Advocacy Concentration (18 credits)
BLP 110 Leadership
SWK 242 Introduction to Social Welfare as a Social Institution
SWK 323 Child Welfare: Writing for the Courts
SWK 342 Social Welfare Policies
HDS 499 Internship
One upper level course of interest relating to concentration

Self Designed Concentration of Study (18 credits) from Div. III (at least two courses 300 or higher)
Advisor approval is needed for a self designed program of study. Possible courses include a selection of any of the above listed concentration courses and/or:

EDU 201 Education, Culture & Society
EDU 346 Multicultural Education
HDS 302 The Human Condition in the Era of Biotechnology
PSY 202 Advanced General Psychology
PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology           
PSY 308 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSY 313 Psychology of Personality
SWK 408 Marriage & Family
EDU/HDS/PSY/SWK 499 Internship (3 -9 credits)

Electives (27 credits)

Minor in Human Development and Human Services (18 credits)
Students in any major may minor in Human Development and Human Service by completing:

Required
HDS 310 Observation, Documentation, & Assessment (w/field placement)
SWK 350 Child Abuse/Family Preservation/Permanency Planning

One of the following:

PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology

One of the following:

SWK 307 Racial & Cultural Minorities
HDS 315 Family & Community Relationships

One of the following:

PSY 207 Child Development
PSY 215 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 217 Human Life span Development          
SWK 348 Growth & Behavior & the Social Environment I
SWK 349 Growth & Behavior & the Social Environment II

One of the following:

HDS 490         Fostering Mental Health: Supporting the Human Spirit (or)        
PSY 490         Group Dynamics

For more information, please contact:

Christine L. Holmes, Ed.D.
Chair, Division of Human Development and Human Services
(508) 849-3418
cholmes@annamaria.edu