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HDFS 478 - Cognate Professional Preparation

  • 1 credit

Course Description
This course prepares students to make the transition from being a college student to a professional. Students will explore professionalism, workplace issues, leadership and communication skills, goal setting, self-management, and building a professional identity in person, writing, and online.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain applications of HDFS theory, concepts, and education to career goals and internship placement.
  • Describe professional ethics, apprpriate conduct, and effective workplace behaviors.
  • Justify appropriate actions and behaviors in the context of professional ethics, conduct, and presentation including social media, email, and other arenas of presentation.
  • Compare multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in HDFS.
  • Create a professional identity through presenting self in career development skills including interviewing, resumes, and portfolios.


HDFS 350 (Applied Research Methods or concurrent registration)

Important Information

Must have department approval to register for this course.


Dr. Jennifer Krafchick
Dr. Jennifer Krafchick

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Dr. Jen Krafchick is an associate assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Honors Program. She is a passionate educator and was recognized with the 2010 Honors Professor of the Year award and the 2011 Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association. In addition to teaching, she is co-director of the Campus Connections Mentoring program that works with local youth who have experienced adversity at CSU and is a licensed program at other universities in Colorado and in New Zealand. She also teaches courses on sexuality and gender in the University Honors Program.
Dr. Krafchick earned her Ph.D. in education and human resource studies with an emphasis in social justice education, her master's in human development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, and a graduate certificate in women's studies from CSU. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She teaches and conducts research on issues related to mentoring, sexuality, gender, families, and diversity. She has extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching junior high school students in the South Pacific.