Recommended Academic Plan - Human Development and Family Studies - Penn State Altoona

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Recommended Academic Plan

Human Development and Family Studies, B.A. (HFSAL)

Life Span Human Services Options

Semester 1 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 1Credits
HD FS 129: Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
ENGL 015 (GWS): Rhetoric and Composition OR ENGL 030 (GWS): Honors Freshman Composition3
(GQ)3
First-Year Seminar (FYS) (or spring)1
Total credits16
Semester 2 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 2Credits
Select From HD FS 229(GS): Infant and Child Development, HD FS 239(GS): Adolescent Development,  HD FS 249(GS): Adult Development and Aging3
CAS 100 (GWS): Effective Speech3
Arts (GA)3
STAT 200 (GQ): Elementary Statistics4
Humanities (GH)3
Total credits16
Semester 3 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 3Credits
Select From HD FS 229(GS): Infant and Child Development, HD FS 239(GS): Adolescent Development, HD FS 249(GS): Adult Development and Aging3
HD FS 311: Human Development and Family Studies Interventions (or spring)3
HD FS 312W: Empirical Inquiry in Human Development and/or HD FS 315Y (US): Family Development3
HD FS supporting3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Semester 4 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 4Credits
ENGL 202 (GWS): Effective Writing3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)3
HD FS 312W: Empirical Inquiry in Human Development and/or HD FS 315Y (US): Family Development3
HD FS supporting3
Humanities (GH)3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)1.5
Total Credits16.5
Semester 5 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 5Credits
HD FS 455: Development Throughout Adulthood3
HD FS 414: Resolving Human Development and Family Problems 3
HD FS 418: Family Relationships3
HD FS 445: Development Throughout Adulthood and/or HD FS 433: Developmental Transition to Adulthood3
Supporting course 400-level3
Total credits15
Semester 6 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 6Credits
Other supporting3
HD FS 301: Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions (or fall)3
HD FS 428: Infant Development and/or HD FS 429: Advanced Child Development3
HD FS 411:  The Helping Relationship (or fall)3
Natural Sciences (GN)3
Total credits15
Semester 7 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 7Credits
HD FS 401: Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in the Human Services3
supporting course 400-level3
Supp/elective3
Other US cultures3
Arts (GA)3
Total credits15
Semester 8 Recommended Academic Plan for HDFS Degree
Semester 8Credits
HD FS 402: Human Services Seminar 4
HD FS 495C: Professional Practicum in Human Services9
Total credits12

Bold type indicates courses requiring a grade of C or higher.

Italics type indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

Italic Bold type indicate courses requiring a grade of C or higher that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy the University's United States and International Cultures requirements.  Students are required to complete 3 credits in each area, and often these courses can "double-count" with General Education selections, typically in the GA, GH, GS categories, or with major requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University's Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

FYS is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement.  Note that students who began their studies Summer 2009 or later may not be required to complete a FYS course.  Check with your advisor for clarification.

This major requires 6 credits of US courses; 3 credits is covered by the required course HDFS 315Y. Students must full fill the IL requirement and the additional US requirement by picking courses on their own; these may be supporting courses, a Gen Ed or an elective.

DEPARTMENT NOTES:

The following upper division required courses are offered only once a year:
Fall term: HDFS 414, 418, 433, 445, 455 and 401
Spring term: HDFS 429 and 428.

Suggestions for supporting courses are included with suggestions for courses in support of different occupations, on pages 8-10 of the Altoona HDFS BS Degree Handbook. A list of supporting courses for the major may be found at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/hdfs/undergrad/supporting_courses.html

The Internship is made up of three courses: HDFS 401, which includes the preparation for the internship, HDFS 495C, the internship itself, and HDFS 402, the department's capstone course, a professional seminar. Students are expected to have satisfactorily completed all their required courses before they do the internship. Students should take HDFS 401 the fall term before the year they expect to do the internship. HDFS 495C and HDFS 402 are currently (Fall 2007) offered in the spring and in the summer.


For more information:

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Dr. Lauren P. Jacobson

Instructor in Human Development and Family Studies
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Office: 123 Hawthorn Building
Phone: 814-949-5333
Email: @psu.edu