Master of Arts in Human Development Courses

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Core Courses
(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


HUD 6001 Overview of Human Development
This course provides a foundation of human development theory from birth to death. Students will learn about classic and contemporary research and perspectives about human development throughout the life span. Topics focus on the nature of development that involves biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes of development. Included in the course are biological and environmental influences within different age groups, including concepts of age.

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity and Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

Adult Development Specialization

HUD 5110 Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality provides a comprehensive introduction to interdisciplinary issues of social, cultural, behavioral, biological, and psychological aspects of sexuality. The course provides knowledge in the basic areas of sexuality theory across the life-span that includes childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life. Students will apply and critically analyze contemporary human sexuality research to public policy, health services, and other social services programs by addressing issues (some of which are controversial) such as challenges in discussing sexuality, sexual problems and dysfunction; sexual coercion and abuse; sex industry; sexual identity (mainstream and LGBTQ) sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual risk; aging and sexual function, and finally optimal sexual well- being in later life.

HUD 5320 Advanced Theories of Adult Personal Transformation
This course combines theoretical concepts of adult development and adult learning with the experiential processes that lead to personal transformation. Course topics add to the external, rational, and analytical perspectives by also exploring the internal processes of how adults learn and transform their meaning schemes over time. Students will have the opportunity to become aware and analyze current assumptions, interpretations, emotions, beliefs, habits of mind, and perspectives that define their external and internal world. Students will participate in mindfulness practices designed for transformational change, such as journaling, discourse, and a variety of reflective practices.

HUD 5330 Personality Development
This course introduces an array of personality theories, assessments, current research, and mechanism for transformational growth. Topics include psychodynamic models of personality, trait theories, and humanistic theories. Students will gain a broad grasp of the field of personality development by participating in in experiential activities designed to foster an understanding and acceptance of their personality that include identity, agency, personal power, and shadows, the assumptions of each, and the implications for personal moral, emotional, and spiritual development; and interpersonal relationships.

HUD 5340 Resiliency, Transformation, and Life’s Challenges
This course examines the theoretical concepts and assumptions of an individual’s ability to appropriately manage and cope with life’s stressors and adversity. Topics will explore factors in developing resilience when dealing with both ordinary and extraordinary stress. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own sense of resiliency and practice strategies based on empirical evidence from research on resilient individuals who have a tendency for adopting coping strategies that elicit positivity. Resiliency strategies include cognitive reappraisal such as finding benefit-in life’s challenges, humor, or optimism; realistic planning, self-confidence, goal directed problem solving skills, and the ability to manage strong impulses and feelings.

Gerontology Specialization

HUD 5110 Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality provides a comprehensive introduction to interdisciplinary issues of social, cultural, behavioral, biological, and psychological aspects of sexuality. The course provides knowledge in the basic areas of sexuality theory across the life-span that includes childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life. Students will apply and critically analyze contemporary human sexuality research to public policy, health services, and other social services programs by addressing issues (some of which are controversial) such as challenges in discussing sexuality, sexual problems and dysfunction; sexual coercion and abuse; sex industry; sexual identity (mainstream and LGBTQ) sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual risk; aging and sexual function, and finally optimal sexual well- being in later life.

HUD 5420 Interdisciplinary Theories of Gerontology
This course explores the interdisciplinary issues associated with gerontology and aging. Topics include social, biological, cognitive theories; differences in issues related to environment and gender; and future implications for service organizations and policy makers in relation to an aging society. Students will understand the individual aging process related to psychological, economic, cultural, and health issues. Students will critically assess the practical implications of an aging population, its social significance, and its effect on society at large in relation to policy, services, living environments, retirement, social support, family relationships, and diseases of older adulthood.

HUD 5430 Physical and Psychological Aspects of Aging
This course explores the current trends in research regarding the ethical, philosophical, and emotional aspects of death and dying for the individual, family, care-givers, and others. Students will gain an understanding of the physical and psychological aspect of aging including topics and related to the meaning and end of human life according to various religious and cultural viewpoints in relation to topics such as the quality and sacredness of life, end of life moral issues, grief and mourning, suicide, and perspectives on life after death. Students will be provided realistic case studies to critically analyze the broad array of choices faced by people who are approaching the end of their lives, including their families and loved ones and other who are involved in the decision making process. Students must consideration question related to suffering, dying, prolonging, and manipulating life.

HUD 5440 Optimizing Aging: Learning, Leisure, and Social Interaction
This course focuses on recent theory related to the elderly within a social context. Students will be able to personally relate with the aging process and the skills necessary to cope with the emotional and physical challenges associated with the aging process, including how society responds to older adults. Topics include demographics, stereotypes and attitudes, intimate relationships, recreation, physical ability, wellness, family relationships, caregiving, employment and retirement, finances, living environments, crimes against and by older adults, social programs, and political power of the older cohort.

Capstone Course

HUD 6910 Human Development Capstone
This capstone course addresses the application of human development theory to research and practice. Students will choose from a selection of case studies provided that deal with gerontology or adult development and will be required to develop a proposed solution that applies their learning through an integrative project plan that combines advanced research, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Prerequisite: All coursework.

Electives

SOC 5630 Community Organizations and Analysis
This course explores the structure, function, and culture of community organizations, and the ways in which social scientists can use qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision making, identify and address needs, and evaluate processes and outcomes. Students will read and analyze a variety of case studies and approaches that address these issues

SOC 5610 Structure and Function of Nonprofit and Government Organizations
In this course, the nonprofit organization, the governmental organization, and their structure and function are examined. Students will become familiar with different types of nonprofit and governmental organizations and their interrelated and often interdependent functions. Students will learn about the complexity of the public and nonprofit sectors functioning as a dynamic system of interrelated yet separate organizations that are governed by social and fiscal policy and regulation.

HUM 5060 Grant Writing
This course provides an overview of the process of grant writing, from researching and identifying appropriate funding sources to writing a successful proposal. The course covers information that staff and volunteers in community based organizations, educational institutions/organizations, public agencies, and special Interest groups need in order to use grant writing as an effective conduit to supporting their programs and efforts. While many textbooks on grant writing provide detailed information, the material is more accessible when presented by a successful program developer, grant writer, and evaluator who will devote time during the course to answer questions and provide feedback on mock proposals under development.

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