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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.

Other off-campus opportunities include professional meetings, undergraduate research conferences, the Wilderness Experience, and spring break service projects in developing countries. All of which is designed to prepare students for their future careers.

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

The goals of the department fall into five categories:

Knowledge Base

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs and experiences that foster the acquisition of significant knowledge of the field, including historical and contemporary persons and events that have shaped the discipline. The department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the varied methods, theories, and conceptual models that serve as organizing frameworks for understanding behavior and experience.

Intellectual Skills 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides programs, courses, and experiences that enable students to develop skills in the areas of communication, information gathering, critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, analysis, and interpretation.

Personal Characteristics 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that promote self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection, and interpersonal competence.

Values, Ethics, and Professionalism 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development courses, programs, and experiences that encourage the development of an appreciation of diversity, values associated with psychological science, and a commitment to ethical and professional behavior.

Career Development 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that enable students to use psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

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