The mission of the DSU Family Studies and Human Development Department is to provide learning experiences and service opportunities that teach students theoretical and practical knowledge about lifespan development, social and emotional roles of individuals and families, child advocacy, teacher and parent education, and prevention and intervention programs that support families.
Our goal as a department is to help our students gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of individuals and families as they interact within various contexts. Students learn to address the developmental needs of individuals, families, and consumers. They also learn to apply the knowledge they have learned in educational, organizational, and outreach programs.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students will use clear and effective written, oral, visual, and electronic communication techniques to demonstrate understanding of concepts learned.
- Students will be able to analyze and evaluate one’s own knowledge, abilities, and actions relative to professional standards, seek opportunities to grow professionally and utilize self-assessment and assessment of others to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being.
- Students will understand fundamental concepts of human development and learning theories, conduct scientific inquiry, and apply critical thinking to solve problems from personal, scholarly, and professional perspectives.
- Students will demonstrate leadership and social responsibility to educate, counsel, and assist others at different stages of the human lifespan. Demonstrate professional ethics and conduct in service learning, field experience, and internship contexts.