Graduate School : College Student Development
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CSDV 601 - Introduction to Student Affairs
3 hours. This course is an introduction and overview of student affairs functions within institutions of higher education. It emphasizes the history, professional standards and ethics in professional conduct, professional associations, organizational models, practices in a cross-section of functional areas in student affairs, and issues and trends in student affairs practice.

CSDV 607 - Foundations of College Student Development
3 hours. This course introduces students to issues and principles of practice in the profession of student affairs. Topics may include developmental tasks of college students, counseling and the college student, and practices in a cross-section of areas in student affairs, including admissions, leadership, diversity, student activities, residence life, and career development. Prerequisite: CSDV 601.

COUN 642 - Multi-Cultural Counseling
3 hours. An exploration of the considerations and issues involved in counseling persons from different cultural, religious, racial-ethnic, and gender/gender oriented groups. There is a focus on heightening an awareness and appreciation of difference.

COUN 606 - Human Development: The Lifespan
3 hours. This course acquaints the student with the interplay of psychodynamics, behavioral, sociocultural, cognitive and interpersonal theories of development. These factors are examined as they combine to explain personality and cognitive functioning across the life span. The student will learn to relate development theory and research to professional practice in educational and clinical settings.

CSDV 617 - Exceptionality: College Students with Disabilities
3 hours. The focus of this course is effective service provision for college students with disabilities. Topics include the Americans with Disabilities Act, identification of and intervention with various disabilities, development of systems of support, and faculty consultation.

COUN 636 - Principles of Counseling
3 hours. This course focuses on teaching students the process and theories of counseling. Students also spend time practicing skills directly related to the helping process.

COUN 605 - Career Development and Life Planning
3 hours. Students learn how career development theories, occupational and educational information, vocational tests, sociological and economic factors, and family dynamics all relate in helping their clients to make career and life style career decisions. Students also spend time practicing skills directly related to career counseling.

CSDV 644 – Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education
3 hours. This course introduces the role of Athletics in American Higher Education. Students explore issues involving intercollegiate athletics within various levels and types of institutions, including the impact of athletics on college campuses, the role of the NCAA, ethics, governance, and student athlete standards.

CSDV 657 - Practicum in College Student Development
3 hours. In this practicum the student spends a minimum of 100 clock hours at a selected college or university student affairs office prior to their internship, working under the supervision of a student affairs professional. The experience is geared toward increasing skills, introducing the student to new cultures and environments and allowing the student to explore various aspects of Student Affairs. The student is provided practical, on-the-job, supervised and evaluated experiences that provide the foundation for internship experiences. A weekly seminar class accompanies the fieldwork experience.

CSDV 668 - Internship in College Student Development I
6 hours. The student is required to spend time at an approved student affairs setting working under the supervision of a student affairs professional. Students continue to develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice at a field site. A weekly seminar class accompanies the fieldwork experience. Over the course of a minimum of two semesters (Internship I and II), students must accumulate at least 600 total hours distributed equivalently across both semesters. Prerequisites: CSDV 657.

CSDV 670 - Internship in College Student Development II
6 hours. This is a continuation of Internship I. The student is required to spend time at an approved student affairs setting working under the supervision of a student affairs professional. Students continue to develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice at a field site. A weekly seminar class accompanies the fieldwork experience. Over the course of a minimum of two semesters (Internship I and II), students must accumulate at least 600 total hours distributed equivalently across both semesters. Prerequisite: CSDV 668.

CSDV 674 - Legal Issues in Student Affairs
3 hours. This course introduces students to current legal issues confronting the student affairs professional. Topics include authority and environment of ethics and law, ethical decision analysis, and topical issues such as student safety, liability, confidentiality, privacy, libel and slander, due process, and other related ethical and legal concepts.

COUN 671 - Research and Statistics
3 hours. This course introduces the analysis of research design and basic statistics and gives the student the background necessary to read and judge professional evaluation research as well as the ability to design and implement basic program evaluation.

COUN 695 - Topics in Counseling
3 hours. This course covers advanced issues encountered in the counseling setting with an emphasis on current trends in the field. Intensive study of research and practice is based on applied issues that arise for the professional counselor.

 

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