Texas Tech University

Work Sector: Youth In Development

Empower the next generation of changemakers. Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs, and info technology.

If you choose Youth in Development, take three courses from one of the following areas:

HDFS 2300. Gender Development: Life Span Perspectives (3)

Introduction to gender concepts and to the impact of gender on individual and family developmental processes. Fulfills multicultural requirement. F, S. (WS 2301)

HDFS 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.

HDFS 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.

HDFS 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.

HDFS 3301. Theories of Human Development and Family Studies (3)

Prerequisite: 2.5 TTU GPA. The major theories in human development and family studies. Course focuses on the meaning of theory to individual and family development over the lifespan. Implication of theory and program development and services are reviewed. (Writing Intensive) F, S.

HDFS 3306. Child and Adolescent Guidance (3)

Prerequisites: C or better in HDFS 3301 and 2.5 TTU GPA. Development of strategies for promoting self-discipline, creative capacities, and positive relationships with children and adolescents. F, S.

HDFS 3310. Prenatal and Infant Development (3)

Prerequisites: 2.5 TTU 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.

HDFS 3311. Supervised Experiences with Infants and Toddlers (3)

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

HDFS 3312. Development during Childhood (3)

Prerequisites: 2.5 TTU GPA. Examination of psychomotor, social-emotional, and cognitive-language development during childhood. F, S.

HDFS 3316. Development in Adolescence (3)

Prerequisites: C or better in HDFS 3301 and 2.5 TTU GPA. Enhancing the psychosocial, social-emotional, and cognitive-language development of adolescents within their interactions with peers, adults, and the culture. S.

HDFS 3320. Contemporary Families (3)

Prerequisite: 2.5 TTU 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.

HDFS 3326. Families in Crisis (3)

Prerequisites: 2.5 TTU 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.

HDFS 3331. Parenting (3)

Prerequisite: 2.5 TTU GPA. Basic principles and skills for parent effectiveness. Includes strategies for inclusion of parents in the developmental-educational processes of the child.

HDFS 350. Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

Prerequisite: 2.5 TTU GPA. Critical examination of developmental and family theory research across a diverse range of cultures. Fulfills multicultural requirement. F, S.

HDFS 3360. Family Life Education and Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: 2.5 TTU GPA. A problem-based approach to community family life education, with particular emphasis on teaching methodologies and professional ethics. F, S.

HLTH 3313. Health for Preadolescents (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. An in-depth study of health issues relating to children as well as emphasis on behaviors that would affect health for children.

HLTH 3314. Health for Adolescents (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Studies health factors that affect the adolescent; addresses social, emotional, and physical factors of health.

PSYC 1300. [PSYC 2301] General Psychology (3)

Introduction to fundamental concepts in psychology. Emphasis on the physiological, social, emotional, and environmental determinants of behavior. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. (Honors section offered)

PSYC 2301. [PSYC 2308] Child Psychology (3)

A study of the developmental processes and environmental factors that shape the personality and affect the achievement of the child.

PSYC 2305. [PSYC 2307] Adolescent Psychology (3)

A review of approaches to the understanding of the social behavior and development of the adolescent. Physical, mental, and emotional growth and adjustment are covered.

PSYC 3318. Development of Children's Thinking and Emotion (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Considers cognitive development from infancy to adulthood with attention to spatial cognition, concepts, problem solving, language, and emotion. (Writing Intensive)

PSYC 3341. Close Relationships (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Social psychology theory and research on topics in close relationship literature, including attitudes toward love and sexuality, friendship, intimacy, power, conflict, and divorce.

PSYC 4310. Abnormal Child Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: PSY 4305 or instructor consent; junior standing. Description, classification, assessment, treatment, and research methods pertaining to behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. (Writing Intensive)

And build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Teaching or counseling in at-risk youth programs
  • Activities that involve planning, organizing, assessing community needs, counseling, and leadership, in areas such as education, youth development, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, and/or business.
  • Examples of volunteer activities for students at Texas Tech.
    • Volunteer at the campus child development center
    • Volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock
    • Volunteer at the child care center at the YWCA
    • Volunteer for the Promise Neighborhood program for low income children

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