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Human Development and Family Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family science from the University of Mount Union provides students with the skills to obtain a career in a variety of fields. The major requirements and curriculum, which emphasize a strong focus on theory, research, and application, prepare students for meaningful and successful human development and family science careers in a variety of related fields as well as graduate school.

The interdisciplinary human development and family science major allows students to delve deeper within issues of relationships, family, community, society and culture while critically examining the dynamic transaction of human life and the environment. It combines elements from the psychology and sociology areas with a focus on human development, family development, and society/culture. 

Human Development and Family Science Major Quick Facts  

The human development and family science degree requires 44-46 credits specific to the major. Students will also need to complete a total of 32 credits required to fulfill the Integrative Core requirements. Students interested in pursuing people-focused careers working directly with individuals, children and families are encouraged to pursue a human development and family science degree.

  • Human development and family science careers are projected to increase in number by 11,600 by 2020, which is higher than the national average for most other careers.
  • The program utilizes top-notch faculty from both the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Mount Union’s human development and family science degree incorporates a variety of hands-on learning experiences including Live-Action-Role-Plays typically only found at the graduate level, research opportunities and internships.

Curriculum

With a broad-base of knowledge that crisscrosses the fields of psychology and sociology, a major in human development and family science at the University of Mount Union will prepare you for advanced study in graduate and professional schools in several different areas including:

  • Human Development
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

The human development and family science major provides many opportunities for experiential learning through internships and field placements and a robust undergraduate research laboratory setup across multiple faculty members.

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION

The mission of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development is to develop and maintain an academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad base of knowledge in the field, acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to participate in these fields as scientists and practitioners, and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

DEPARTMENTAL GOALS


Knowledge Base

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that foster the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of their knowledge and application of psychological ideas to simple problems; students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.


Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that enable students to develop the skills in this domain that involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.


Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that enable students to develop the skills in this domain including the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students completing foundation-level courses should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should have more direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who do not share their heritage and traditions. This learning goal also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.


Communication

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that foster the acquisition of competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. Students completing foundation-level courses should write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.


Professional Development

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that emphasize an application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed and refined both in traditional academic settings and in extracurricular involvement. In addition, career professionals can be enlisted to support occupational planning and pursuit.

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