Community and Applied Psychological Studies - B.S.Ed.

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The major in Community and Applied Psychological Studies integrates individual, interpersonal, social, and community approaches to the promotion of healthy development and well-being. Community and Applied Psychological Studies (CAPS) is the new name for the originally titled Human and Social Development (HSD) major.

By exploring the scholarly and applied interconnections among individual, interpersonal, social, and community approaches to change, students learn to identify barriers to well-being and to implement effective change-oriented strategies and policies. CAPS coursework emphasizes theory, research, and skills. It culminates in a practicum in a setting related to students’ area of interest and prepares them for both graduate studies and careers.

CAPS majors choose between three areas of concentration (tracks) in accordance with their areas of interest and future career goals: Track I, Introduction to Counseling and Well-Being; Track II, Community and Organizational Development or Track III, Community and Applied Psychological Studies (general track). Track I is best suited for students whose main interest lies in working with individuals and/or families and are considering future careers in the helping professions. Track II is best suited for students whose main interest lies in working with organizations and communities and are considering future careers in policy work, business, and/or the not-for-profit sector. Track III is best suited for students who seek greater flexibility in course work and see value in a generalist approach to individual and community well-being.