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Student Outcome Goals

The Human Development Major focuses on the development of individuals across the lifespan, using an integration of perspectives from multiple disciplines. Upon completion of a degree in Human Development at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories, basic principles, current issues, and emerging concepts in the field. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and contextual aspects of human development and the interrelations among them.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3280, PSY 3340, Required Distribution
  2. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about human development, including being able to identify similarities, differences, and connections among human development theories and perspectives.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3280, PSY 3340, PSY 4960, Required Distribution
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the processes of cognitive development, including the development of logical and abstract thought, memory, mathematical understanding, scientific thinking, and literacy skills, and how those processes change over time.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3340
  4. Demonstrate the ability to relate theories and methodologies from human development to problems and issues in other disciplines, such as biology, sociology, and nutrition and health.

    Courses: BIO 1000, SOC 1010, Required Distribution
  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate knowledge of the field of human development both orally and in writing, the latter following the American Psychological Association guidelines.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3280, PSY 3340, PSY 4960
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct independently a comprehensive literature review that critically evaluates an area of research in human development. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply knowledge of research methodology and statistics to the interpretation and evaluation of research.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3280, PSY 4960
  7. Understand the ways in which culture and society (both national and global) impact development, including the roles of the family, the peer group, school, and the media. Students will also be able to discuss the roles of ethnicity, race, and gender and issues in social relationships such as aggression and cooperation.

    Courses: PSY 1001, PSY 3280, PSY 3340, PSY 4960, Required Distribution
  8. Prepare for successful careers in their chosen concentration, as follows:
    1. Graduate School Track: Students take courses in statistics and research methods to help them prepare to enter a graduate program in human development, psychology, or a related field.
    2. Applied Track: Students take courses that are geared toward working with diverse populations of children and families to prepare them for working with social service agencies.
    3. Gerontology Track: Students’ coursework is focused on understanding various issues related to aging to prepare them for careers in the gerontology field.
    4. Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education: Students’ coursework prepares them to work with children as a classroom teacher.

The above goals are assessed fall and spring semesters annually through exams, research projects, oral presentations, and term papers and through a Senior Survey.

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