TTU Home Official Publications Home

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

2000 Sophomore  Level 3000 Junior Level4000 Senior Level

5000 Graduate Level6000 Graduate Level7000 Research Level 8000 Doctoral Level

Click here for an explanation of how to read course offerings.

Click here for A-Z course descriptions list.

2000 Level Courses

2300. Gender Development: Life Span Perspectives (3). Introduction to gender concepts and to the impact of gender on individual and family developmental processes. F, S. (WS 2301)

2303. [PSYC 2311, 2314] Life Span Human Development (3). Introduction to the theories, processes, and enhancement of development for infants, young children, adolescents, and adults. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. F, S.

2305. Developmental Assessment of Young Children (3). Discusses the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment techniques in tracking development of young children. Emphasizes integration of family/professional perspectives in the development process. F, S.

2311. [TECA 1311] Introduction to Early Childhood (3). Introduction to the profession of early childhood focusing on developmentally appropriate practice, historical influences, program models, and current issues including legislation, public policy, and ethics. F, S.

2320. Basic Interpersonal Skills (3). The study and application of interpersonal skills as they relate to various age levels and social contexts. F, S.

2322. Partnering: The Development of Intimate Relationships (3). Intimate relationship development from adolescence through adulthood with an emphasis on relationship processes, diversity in types of partnering, and developmental/contextual variations in relationships. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. F, S.Back to Top

 

3000 Level Courses

3301. Theories of Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Focuses on the meaning of theory to individual and family development of the lifespan. (Writing Intensive) F, S.

3306. Child and Adolescent Guidance (3). Prerequisites: HDFS 3301 with a grade of C or higher and 2.5 GPA. Development of strategies for promoting self-discipline, creative capacities, and positive relationships with children and adolescents. F, S.

3310. Prenatal and Infant Development (3). Prerequisites: HDFS 3301 with a grade of C or higher and 2.5 GPA. Study of how to promote the psychomotor, social-emotional, and cognitive-language development of infants from the prenatal period through the first two years in their interactions with caregivers, peers, and the environment. F, S.

3311. Supervised Experiences with Infants and Toddlers (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Supervised experience with infants and toddlers. State law requires students to pass a background check. F, S. (Writing Intensive)

3312. Development During Childhood (3). Prerequisites: HDFS 3301 with a grade of C or higher and 2.5 GPA. Examination of psychomotor, social-emotional, and cognitive-language development during childhood. F, S.

3313. Supervised Experiences with Young Children (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Supervised experience with young children. State law requires students to pass a background check. F, S. (Writing Intensive)

3316. Development in Adolescence (3). Prerequisites: HDFS 3301 with a grade of C or higher and 2.5 GPA. Enhancing the psychosocial, social-emotional, and cognitive-language development of adolescents within their interactions with peers, adults, and the culture.

3317. Problems of Adolescence (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Overview of problems associated with the adolescent years and training in use of helping skills appropriate for adolescent populations.

3318. Development in Young Adulthood (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Examination of individual developmental processes during the transition to adulthood and the first two decades of adult life.

3319. Development in Middle Adulthood (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Examination of individual developmental processes from the mid-life transition through the middle years of adult life.

3320. Contemporary Families (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Analysis of family interaction patterns with an introduction to family research. A study of family heritage, development, and networks. Emphasizing sociocultural variations of families. F, S.

3321. Human Sexuality from a Life Span Perspective (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Human sexuality from a life span perspective, with emphasis on developmental, familial, and societal factors that influence individual sexuality. F, S. (WS 3321)

3322. The Family in the Community (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Study of community resources as they relate to welfare of children and families. F, S.

3324. Dynamics of Family Interaction (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Examination of interpersonal processes in the family and other intimate groups. Conceptual analysis of family interaction patterns (e.g., communication, roles, relationships, power, decision making, love, conflict). F, S.

3326. Families in Crisis (3). Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and sophomore or higher standing. Examination of theories and strategies for helping families deal productively with crises. Consideration of child exceptionality, child abuse, unemployment, divorce, rape, alcoholism, death, and other crisis events. F, S.

3331. Parenting (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Basic principles and skills for parent effectiveness. Includes strategies for inclusion of parents in the developmental-educational processes of the child. F, S.

3332. Aging in Families (3). Prerequisite 2.5 GPA. Examination of aging individuals in family context with emphasis on intergenerational relationships and needs that arise from life transitions, living arrangements, employment, and health. F, S.

3350. Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Critical examination of developmental and family theory research across a diverse range of cultures. Fulfills multicultural requirement. F, S.

3360. Family Life Education and Ethics (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. A problem-based approach to community family life education, with particular emphasis on teaching methodologies and professional ethics. F, S.

3370. Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Covers planning, promoting, and maintaining healthy and safe learning/care environments. Topics include childhood illnesses, healthy lifestyles, first aid, food preparation, food allergies, and abuse.

3372. Professional Development (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Explores the professional role of teacher, administrator, or advocate in early childhood programs. Covers professionalism and ethics, identifying child abuse, and applying universal precautions.

3374. Practicum I (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 1 courses completed. Guided learning experience in an agency that provides services to children and families. Opportunity to implement theories and practices from early childhood classes.

3376. Development of Curriculum for Children Ages Birth to Three (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 1 courses completed. Covers assessment and documentation to inform curriculum, planning and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities, and conveying curriculum information to families.

3378. Development of Curriculum for Children Ages Four to Eight (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 1 courses completed. Covers assessment and documentation to inform curriculum, planning and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities, and conveying curriculum information to families.

3379. Assessing Young Children and Their Environments to Enhance Development (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block I courses completed. Selection, evaluation, and use of appropriate tools for children birth through age eight. Emphasis is on ethics, validity, multicultural sensitivity, and use with special needs.

3380. Understanding and Adapting for Developmental Differences (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 1 courses completed. Knowledge of disability conditions, assessment and identification, interventions in inclusive environments, and collaborations among family members and service providers.

3381. Practicum II (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 2 courses completed. Guided learning experience in an agency that provides services to children and families. Opportunity to implement theories and practices from early childhood classes.

3383. Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 2 courses completed. Exploration of cultural diversity in daily life and beliefs in families with young children.

3384. Working with Families (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 2 courses completed. Application of an ecological model to the understanding of variation in parental roles, perspectives, relationships, approaches, and challenges.

3385. Technology and Young Children (3). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Block 2 courses completed. Examines how technology impacts the development of young children and how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning.

3390. Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Introduction to methods of research in human development and family studies. F, S. (Writing Intensive)

3686. Practicum III: Capstone Experience (6). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Practicum I and II, Block 1 and 2 courses completed. Application of developmentally appropriate teaching techniques and skills, actual teaching experience, and development feedback.

Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Individual Study (V1-6). Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and consent of instructor. Teaching assistantships, independens coursework, or student-initiated research experience. F, S.

4101. Introduction to Child Life (1). Prerequisites: HDFS 3301 or consent of intructor. Theory and practice of child life in medical settings. Topics include assessment, therapeutic play, and psychological preparation. Online course.

4306. Preparing Environments for Children (3). Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and HDFS 3411 or 3413 with a grade of C or higher. Utilizing developmental principles acquired by the student in previous child development courses, this course focuses on the application of these principles to the design of environments for children. F, S.

4308. Developing and Evaluating Youth Programs (3). Prerequisite: HDFS 3316 or equivalent. Expand knowledge and skills in developing and evaluating educational/enrichment experiences for youth audiences in extracurricular learning environments. Includes practical applications and a service-learning component.

4310. Managing Early Childhood Programs (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Survey of principles and procedures for managing and implementing various types of childcare and early childhood programs.

4314. Community Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, HDFS 3322 with a grade of C or higher, and senior standing. Supervised experiences in established career-related positions; focus selected on basis of professional interest (some sites may require a background check). May be repeated once for credit. F, S.

4320. Research in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA and HDFS 3390 or consent of instructor. Supervised faculty-initiated research experience in selected areas. May be repeated twice for credit. F, S.

4343. Advanced Topics in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Focuses on recent developments in theory, philosophy, research, and/or applied approaches to human development and family studies. May be repeated once for credit.

4390. Program Development and Evaluation (3). Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA. Knowledge and experience in the practice of program development and evaluation. Class evaluates an ongoing program.

3686. Practicum III: Capstone Experience (6). Offered online for GP-IDEA majors only. Prerequisite: Practicum I and II, Block 1 and 2 courses completed. Application of developmentally appropriate teaching techniques and skills, actual teaching experience, and development feedback.Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5101. Teaching College Human Development and Family Studies (1). Strategies and direction in teaching college-level human development and family studies courses including supervision, advice and assistance, and review of teaching materials. May be repeated one time for credit. Pass/fail grading.

5110. Colloquium in Human Development and Family Studies (1). Presentations of current research and discussions of the profession by department and visiting faculty. May be repeated for credit.

5302. Introduction to Gerontology (3). A multidisciplinary introduction to aging and gerontological issues.

5310. Theories of Human Development (3). Introduction to the application of concepts and theories in human development.

5311. Problems in Human Development and Family Studies (3). May be repeated for credit.

5313. Psychosocial Development (3). In-depth study of social, emotional, and psychological growth with emphasis on the development of personal and interpersonal competency.

5314. Infant Development (3). Analysis of empirical research regarding development processes during the first two years of life.

5317. Adolescent Development (3). Multidisciplinary survey of adolescent development including theories, research, and enhancement strategies.

5319. Development in Adulthood (3). Survey of theory and research concerning psychosocial development during adulthood and review of strategies for research with adult populations.

5320. Interpersonal and Family Dynamics (3). Group processes; factors influencing personal and family adjustment.

5321. Family Theory (3). A comprehensive exploration of theory in family studies. The role of theory in empirical investigation; conceptual frameworks; strategies of theory building; examination of systems theory and a spectrum of other models useful in the interdisciplinary study of individual, couple, and family behavior.

5341. Socialization Processes and Addiction (3). Multidisciplinary survey of socialization processes throughout the life span with implications for understanding addictions.

5349. Quantitative Methods I in Human Development and Family Studies (3). An introduction to the quantitative methods and statistics necessary to conduct research with children and families through a developmental perspective.

5351. Research Methods in Individual and Family Studies (3). Study of research strategies and techniques relevant to human development, family studies, and marriage and family therapy including experience in conducting research investigations.

5352. Sex/Gender Development (3). Survey of contemporary theory and research on sex/gender and the impact of sex and gender on psychosocial development and relationship processes.

5353. Issues and Research in Human Development and Family Studies (3). History, philosophy, and current issues relevant to the areas of family studies and human development. May be repeated for credit under various topics See website for topics.

5361. Parent-Child and Peer Relationships (3). Review of current research in parenting and peer relationships and implications for program development.

5380. Relationship Development (3). Theory and research related to the formation of initial impressions of others and the development of interpersonal relationships.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6320. Seminar in Risk Taking (3). Survey of theory and research in adolescent and adult risk-taking behaviors. Introductory course for graduate minor in risk taking.

6330. Family Problems (3). Examines theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of treatment of family problems within a family systems perspective.

6352. Quantitative Methods II in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: HDFS 5349 with a grade of B or higher and 3.0 GPA. The second course in a four-course sequence focusing on methods for conducting research through a developmental perspective. Family data and the general linear model will be explored.

6363. Advanced Topics in Human Development (3). Current topics in human development across the life course. May be repeated for credit under various topics. See website for topics.

6364. Quantitative Methods III in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and HDFS 5349, 5351, 6352 with a grade of B or higher. The third course in the quantitative methods sequence focusing on multivariate techniques involving multiple dependent variables in human development and family studies.

6365. Quantitative Methods IV in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and HDFS 5349, 5351, 6352, 6364 with a grade of B or higher. The final course in a four-course sequence on methods for conducting research through a developmental perspective. A focus on factor analysis, structural equation modeling, HLM, etc.

6366. Qualitative Methods in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and HDFS 5349, 5351 with a grade of B or higher. This course will provide students with an overview of qualitative research methods in HDFS and will include exposure to qualitative data collection and analyses of data from multiple family members.

6370. Analyzing Developmental Data (3). Statistical methods for analyzing individual and family change over time and time ordered processes of interactional data.

6371. Practicum in Human Development and Family Studies (3). Supervised experiences in professional positions. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.

6373. Advanced Topics in Family Studies (3). Current topics in family studies. May be repeated for credit. See website for topics.

6390. Program Development and Evaluation (3). Reviews evaluation issues, critiques evaluation research, and undertakes evaluation of programs.Back to Top

 

7000 Level Courses

7000. Research (V1-12). Back to Top

 

8000 Level Courses

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top