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[College of Human Environmental Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES (HD)

Professor Stephen Thoma, Department Chairperson
Office: 106 East Annex

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers majors in early childhood education (ECE) and in human development and family studies (HD). Concentrations are provided in each major. In the ECE major one concentration, early child development is currently offered. In the HD major, four concentrations are offered: family studies; adolescent and youth development; general human development and family studies; and child life.

In addition to selecting a major and concentration, a student may also select a minor in order to enhance his or her program of study and career opportunities. Other University of Alabama academic divisions offer many appropriate minors. Requirements for these minors are found in the sections of this catalog pertaining to those divisions. The student should select a concentration and/or minor in consultation with a departmental advisor in order to ensure that program requirements are fulfilled. The student should also consult the advisor before choosing elective courses.

All students majoring in human development and family studies must take the following courses as part of the University core requirements:

CoursesHours
BSC 109 Introductory Biology for Non-Majors II or
    BSC 114:115 Principles of Biology (N)4
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (SB)3

In addition, please note that every student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is required to select an existing concentration or propose his or her own personalized concentration. In the event that a student wishes to propose a personalized concentration of courses, he or she must make application following a prescribed process. Students interested in this option should contact the chairperson of the department.

Major in early childhood education (ECE). The major in early childhood education is designed to provide students with an understanding of the growth and development of young children (0-8 year olds). Students in this major have a concentration in early child development (ECD). In this concentration, students learn to apply developmental principles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for young children. At present, no public school certification is associated with this degree.

Each student completing the early child development concentration must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher before enrolling in HD 423 (Human Development and Family Studies Internship). Some internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the internship coordinator for further information.

CoursesHours
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development3
HD 321 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-I3
HD 322 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-II3
HD 422 Administering Children's Centers and Programs (W)3
HD 423 Human Development and Family Studies Internship6
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 488 Senior Seminar1
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young
    Children with Disabilities3
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Major in human development and family studies (HD). The major in human development and family studies provides an understanding of growth and development throughout the lifespan. Following are descriptions of the concentrations available to HD majors, including courses required in each concentration. There are also recommended elective courses to enhance the various programs of study. A list of these courses is available from the student's departmental advisor.

Concentration in family studies. The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. It may lead to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social-service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

Each student completing the family studies concentration must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher before enrolling in HD 423 (Human Development and Family Studies Internship). Some internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the internship coordinator for further information.

CoursesHours
CSM 201 Individual and Family Resource Management3
CSM 430 Family and Consumer Law3
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
HD 262 Marriage and the Family3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development3
HD 423 Human Development and Family Studies Internship6
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships3
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 483 Family Life Education (W)3
HD 488 Senior Seminar1
HHE 475 Human Sexuality/Sex Education3
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Concentration in adolescent and youth development. The adolescent and youth development concentration is planned for students who are interested in the growth and development of adolescents and youth within the family, peer, and school contexts. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students for work in a variety of settings including community-based programs, home-based programs, and mental-health agencies. Additionally, this concentration provides the necessary background for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in adolescent and youth development. The curriculum consists of the HDFS core courses as well as specialty courses that highlight adolescent and youth issues.

Each student completing the adolescent and youth development concentration must have an overall GPA of 2.00 and higher before enrolling in HD 423 (Human Development and Family Studies Internship). Some internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the internship coordinator for further information.

Required coursesHours
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development3
HD 423 Human Development and Family Studies Internship6
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships3
HD 472 Program Evaluation3
HD 488 Senior Seminar1
HHE 378 Drug Awareness/Education3
HHE 475 Human Sexuality3
PY 372 Social Psychology3
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Choose one of the following:

CJ 240 Youth Development and Juvenile Delinquency Control or
    SW 208 Social Services for Delinquents and Their Families3

Concentration in general human development and family studies. The general HDFS concentration provides a flexible program for students interested in preparing for professional work or further study related to children and families through coursework only (there is no internship requirement). This program of study is especially relevant for students who would like to pursue advanced coursework in preparation for professional degrees (e.g., medical school). Other students who might find this option appropriate include students who wish to double major within four years, or students who for family or employment reasons find a semester-long internship a particular hardship.

Required coursesHours
HD 101 Human Development3
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
HD 262 Marriage and Family3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development3
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Choose four courses from the following block (12 hours):

HD 301 Child Development: School Age
HD 412 Adult Development
HD 422 Administering Children's Centers and Programs
HD 462 Interpersonal Relationships
HD 472 Program Evaluation
HD 480 Children and Divorce
Approved HD course at the 300 or 400 level

AND

Choose four courses from the following block (12 hours):

CJ 240 Youth Development and Juvenile Delinquency Control or
    SW 208 Social Services for Delinquents and Their Families
CSM 201 Individual and Family Management
CSM 430 Family and Consumer Law
HHE 378 Drug Awareness/Education
HHE 475 Human Sexuality
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities
PSY 372 Social Psychology
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42 total hours

Concentration in child life. The child life concentration is planned for students who wish to study and work with children and youth in health care settings. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive foundation of courses related to the growth and development of the healthy child as well as children with illnesses. Through specific courses, students participate in laboratory and practicum experiences with children. These experiences, along with the theoretical information, provide a foundation necessary for working with hospitalized children and their families. This curriculum enables a student to become a candidate for the national certification exam administered by the Child Life Certifying Committee of the Child Life Council. Students must make application to the child life program after completion of 60-90 hours with at least 12 hours of HD courses. Acceptance and retention in the program are determined by (a) satisfactory recommendation by HD faculty committee and (b) overall grade point average of 2.2 and an average of 2.5 in HD courses.

Courses Hours
BSC 201 Medical Etymology (Independent Study)3
BSC 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood3
HD 205 Child Development: Preschool3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development3
HD 321 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-I3
HD 322 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-II3
HD 422 Administering Children's Centers and Programs (W)3
HD 423 Human Development and Family Studies Internship6
HD 426 Hospitalized Children and Youth3
HD 451 Loss and Bereavement3
HD 472 Program Evaluation3
HD 488 Senior Seminar1
PHL 204 Medical Ethics3
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Minor in human development and family studies. The minor in human development and family studies requires 18 hours including HD 202, HD 205, HD 302, HD 382, HD 462 and one HD elective at the 300 or 400 level.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES MAJOR

FRESHMAN YEAR
CoursesHours
EN 101 and EN 102 or (EN 103) (FC)6
HES 1003
BSC 109 or BSC 110 (N)4
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL)3-4
Math (MA)3
PY 101 (SB)3
History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)9
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31-32
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CoursesHours
HD 202 3
HD 2053
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL)3-4
Natural science (N)4
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA) 12
Human development elective or concentration courses 3
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28-29
 
JUNIOR YEAR
CoursesHours
HD 302 3
HD 382 3
Human development electives 6-9
Elective6
Concentration or minor12
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30-33
 
SENIOR YEAR
CoursesHours
HES 3103
HD 423, if applicable 6-12
HD 4881
Concentration or minor9
Electives9
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28-34

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