Introduction to human development and family studies field, major and concentration requirements, resources, and career exploration. An inclusive environment to develop and practice the necessary skills to transition to the major and academic expectations of the department and college.
Taken the first or second semester students enter the HDFS major, this course is designed to serve as an inclusive environment for students to develop and practice the necessary skills to transition to the major and academic expectations of HDFS and the College of HHS. This class will explore the HDFS curriculum, requirements, and concentrations as a basis for developing academic plans and career plans. At the completion of this course, students will demonstrate understanding of course objectives through a seminar project that integrates awareness of self, resources, career opportunities, and strategies for continued success as an undergraduate HDFS student.
Course Learning Objectives:
1. Indicate an understanding of the HDFS curriculum and degree requirements necessary for academic planning, including use of technology and the registration system.
2. Recognize peers, advisors, and faculty within the department and at the University, and the importance of making connections.
3. Identify academic, social, and emotional resources that support successful transitions to the major and university.
4. Identify personal strengths and interests related to college success and career opportunities.
5. Identify an understanding of the professionalism, college-level study skills, and the writing, and communication skills required by the HDFS majors
This course can be applied toward:
Students must be human development and family studies majors or obtain instructor permission to enroll.
All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure that you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- StrengthsFinder 2.0* (2007)
This book is not required, but is recommended.
*Must purchase a new edition, not used, or a Kindle edition so that students can get the access code to take the StrengthsFinder.
Katie Ditter is the Director of Undergraduate Advising in the HDFS Department, and has worked in student affairs for more than 20 years. She teaches both the on-campus and online sections of Professional Skills Development I.