Community and Organizational Development Track – B.S.Ed.

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This track promotes healthy individual and community development by emphasizing how social, institutional, and community dynamics affect personal well-being. Stressing the role of non-government agencies in fostering well-being for people with diverse backgrounds, HSDC prepares students to diagnose institutional and community challenges and offer strategies for positive change. Courses include community-focused planning, needs assessment, and change strategies and nonprofit program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students are well prepared for graduate study in community psychology and public policy and careers in community organizations.

The major in Human and Social Development (HSD) is based on the premise that the well-being of individuals and families cannot be fostered in isolation from the communities in which they live and the institutions that affect their lives.

HSD courses cover the scholarly and applied knowledge bases regarding the interconnectedness of personal, interpersonal, institutional, and community change, the barriers to healthy development and well-being at these levels, and the strategies and policies that promote well-being in individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis is placed on research and theory regarding preventive and strengths-promoting strategies as applied to complex, multicultural systems.

Required Coursework

Track Description:

  • Covers theory, research, and skills required for the promotion of healthy individual and community development.
  • Emphasizes the role of non-government agencies in fostering the wellbeing of community members of diverse backgrounds.
  • Coursework includes program development, implementation, and evaluation in non-profit community settings.
  • Provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in community psychology and public policy, and careers in not-for-profit leadership.

Major Requirements 39-42 Credits

EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being

EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development

EPS 291 Community and Character Development

MGT 304 Organizational Behavior

EPS 311 Group Processes and Development

EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations

EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design (statistics or equivalent)

EPS 361 Community Psychology & Development

EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods

EPS 452 Community Program Development And Evaluation

EPS 462 Community Consultation and Leadership

EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum

EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar

Fall

EPS 201 Psychosocial Change and Well-being

EPS 270 Lifespan Human Development

ENG 105 English Composition I

MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (or equivalent)

UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience

Arts & Humanities Cognate

Spring

EPS 311 Group Processes and Development

ENG 105 English Composition I

STEM Cognate

Arts & Humanities Cognate

Minor General Elective

Fall

EPS 291 Community and Character Development

EPS 361 Community Psychology & Development

Minor Course

Arts and Humanities Cognate

STEM Cognate

Spring

EPS 321 Understanding Human Service Organizations

EPS 361 Community Psychology & Development

Minor Course

General Elective

STEM Cognate

Fall

EPS 371 Applied Social Research Methods

HSDC Track Elective

Minor Course

General Elective

General Elective

Spring

EPS 351 Introduction to Statistics and Research Design

EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development And Evaluation (HSDC Track Elective) or Community Consultation and Leadership

Minor Course

General Elective

General Elective

Fall

EPS 452 or 462 Community Program Development And Evaluation (HSDC Track Elective) or Community Consultation and Leadership

General Elective

General Elective

General Elective

General Elective

Spring

EPS 578 Human and Social Development Practicum

EPS 579 Human and Social Development Practicum Seminar

General Elective

General Elective

General Elective (if needed)

Program Contact

Undergraduate Advisor:

Gina Astorini
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Academic Services
Room: Merrick Building 312-D
gfastorini@miami.edu
305-284-3711