Interdisciplinary Major or Minor - www.uwgb.edu/humdev
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM:
Human development is a suitable major or minor for students who plan any type of career that involves working with people and helping to solve human problems, and students base their selection of upper division electives on their particular career goals. Some have a broad interest in careers in human resources, human services, and health-related fields, but not specifically in the fields of counseling or psychology. They select courses, therefore, that will prepare them for graduate work in human development, child development, and similar programs. Career possibilities are varied, and include youth services worker, adoption agency official, children’s librarian, career consultant, student affairs dean, and nursing home administrator. Many of these jobs require master’s degrees or doctoral-level preparation.
Some human development majors may decide to practice counseling or clinical psychology, or become social workers. Such careers require a master’s degree or doctoral degree, and students with these interests should plan their programs carefully with their advisers in order to be prepared to apply to graduate school programs. Admission to graduate school is highly selective and requires very strong academic credentials. It is advisable that students with career goals of this type combine human development with a minor or second major in psychology. For some students, a human development minor may be more suitable.
Still others are interested in studying development within the context of the family, and they choose courses that will prepare them for careers such as parent educator, human services worker, family therapist or counselor, or childbirth instructor. Their undergraduate program is seen as preparation for graduate work in family and human development, marriage and family therapy, developmental psychology, and related areas. Some jobs require master’s degrees or doctoral-level preparation.
Program advisers can help students tailor their choice of electives to their individual career goals. In fact, an adviser can help to put together a program with any number of possibilities. For example, a human development major might also be combined with minors in women’s studies, American Indian studies, sociology, anthropology, business, or communication processes (linguistics).
One particular advantage of the human development program is the opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical experience, and many work with faculty on independent research projects. Human development strives to educate students who are committed to and engaged in their communities. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in an approved community agency. Such experiences are beneficial when entering the job market or seeking admission to graduate and professional schools.
So you want to be a Human Development major? Great! But first there are a few things to consider before you declare your major.
- Ensure you have a firm sense of why you want to be a Human Development major.
- Examine the course requirements and suggested timeline for taking courses.
- Explore the career options.
- Be aware of the Independent study options.
- Identify your Advisor.
- When you do declare your major, joining the Psychology/Human Development student club, and doing volunteer work in the community will give you additional career information and directions!
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MAJOR :
- COMPASSION. Students who plan careers that involve working with or knowing about people may major or minor in Human Development in order to acquire a broad background about human change and behavior.
- THE SHERLOCK IN YOU. Also, those who are interested in conducting research and investigating how people function should consider the Human Development major.
- MINOR DECISIONS. For example, a Human Development major might be combined with minors in Women's Studies, American Indian Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, or Communication Processes.
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MINOR :
The Human Development minor provides a broad, interdisciplinary complement to majors such as Psychology, Education, Social Work, Business Administration, Human Biology, Communication and the Arts, or Social Change and Development.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS MAJOR AT UWGB:
- RESOURCES. The Human Development program maintains the University's Social Science Quantitative Suite, which includes a laboratory teaching room and six experimental project rooms as well as storage areas for social science research.
- OPPORTUNITY . A particular advantage of the UW-Green Bay program is the opportunity for undergraduate students to gain practical experience. Many students work with faculty on independent research projects. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Such experiences are beneficial when entering the job market or seeking admission to graduate and professional schools.
- FOCUS. An undergraduate Human Development program as extensive as this is quite unusual. A program with these emphases is often only found in graduate schools.
SKILLS & ABILITIES GAINED WITH THIS MAJOR:
- THEORY. Students demonstrate understanding of life span changes and major theoretical perspectives in the human development field.
- LET’S TALK. Students gain excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Communication skills are the most important and sought after quality that employers look for in candidates!
- LOOK INSIDE. Human Development students also discover a great deal about themselves as they study within this field, and are able to critically assess their own learning styles and psychological development.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MAJOR :
Use the following as an idea list, and remember that they represent some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider in Human Development.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Human Development majors:
With a Bachelors Degree. Child life specialist, Crisis Center specialist, Early childhood/preschool teacher, Employee services manager, Employment interviewer/recruiter, Health educator, Human services worker, Infant caregiver, Parent educator, Psychiatric aide, Recreation aide, Retirement counselor, Teacher, Youth services worker...
With a Masters Degree. Admissions counselor, Adoption agency official, Career consultant, Case manager/social work/child protective services, Counselor, Coordinator of special services, Correction counselor/Probation officer, Early Childhood Center/Director, Dean of admissions/students/student affairs/housing, Elementary school counselor, Family counselor/therapist, Gerontological counselor, Guidance counselor, Human resources, Museum educator, Music/Art/Dance therapist, Occupational/recreational therapist, Pastoral counselor, Psychometrist, School psychologist, Speech therapist, Substance abuse counselor...
With a Doctoral Degree. Administrator (Clinics), Clinical Psychologist, College/Univ. Administrator, College/Univ. Professor, Consultant, Counseling Psychologist, Director of Career Planning, Health Psychologist...
The following list represents a few of the businesses and institutions that employ Human Development majors:
AIDS Resource Center, American Red Cross, Alternative Schools, Nursing homes, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Social Services, Mental Health centers, Crisis Intervention centers, schools, Child care, Family violence centers, Human services, Juvenile detention centers, Health centers, Planned Parenthood, Hospitals, Community support programs, Volunteer centers.
Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook @ http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
LINKS TO WEB SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Psychological Association. The largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. Homepage @ http://www.apa.org
- AJohn F. Kennedy Center . Conducts and supports collaborative research, training, & information dissemination on behavioral, intellectual, & brain development. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/kennedy/
- American Counseling Association. The world's largest organization representing professional counselors. Homepage @ http://www.counseling.org/
- American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. The professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. Homepage @ http://www.aamft.org/
- National Council on Family Relations. The leading organization for family researchers, educators, policy makers, and professionals. http://www.ncfr.org/
- Society for Research in Child Development. Promotes research in the field of human development, fosters exchange of information among scientists and professionals, and encourages applications of research. http://www.srcd.org/
- Careers in Child and Family Policy. This web site is a guide to training opportunities for careers in child and family policy. Homepage @ http://cfp.igpa.uiuc.edu/
LINKS FOR MORE HELP:
- Check out the Human Development department homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/humdev
- For course listings and descriptions for Human Development and other disciplines, check out UW-Green Bay's Programs of Study page @ http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/undrgrad/programs.htm
- More help is available on-campus at the Career Services Office at SS 1600, 465-2163. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/careers
- Contact Academic Advising at SS 1600, 465-2362. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/advising
- Another service for UW System students on the Web is UW HELP On-Line. This service provides in-depth information on the programs of the UW System. You can find them at @ http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu