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Student Affairs in Higher Education Master of Science (M.S.) in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Course Descriptions

EDHE 660 – Financial Management in Student Affairs

This course provides an overview of the finance environment for higher education. You'll analyze the role of fiscal management in a university/student affairs environment, review budgeting strategies to create, analyze and revise budgets, and introduce strategies to maintain internal control and financial oversight of operations.

EDHE 661 – The Inclusive University

This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore and discuss the complexity of human differences within the campus community through class readings, written assignments, presentations, and discussion. You examine difference in an effort to create personal knowledge and values about how to live with, work with, discuss, and appreciate differences we may or may not understand. The goal is to prepare you to be a practitioner in higher education who advocates, celebrates, and effectively manages diversity.

EDHE 670 – College Student Personnel Administration

This survey course is designed to challenge you to explore the student affairs profession from multiple perspectives. The course content provides an overview of student affairs — historical, philosophical, political, intellectual, and organizational developments in higher education. This includes understanding the roles student affairs professionals assume in post-secondary educational institutions and the profession's contemporary and future issues.

EHDE 672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs

Student affairs professionals never have a standard script to follow in their day-to-day interactions with students, faculty, and staff. Instead, they rely on their academic preparation, professional standards, practical experience, personal values, and ethical standards to create an educational community where all members have the opportunity to participate and reach their full potential. In this course, you learn to create a classroom environment that fosters honest, respectful dialogue; encourages thoughtful, intellectual discussion of ethical issues in student affairs and higher education; and promotes the development of collegial relationships among class members. You also develop problem-solving and analytical skills through case studies that use real campus situations that have previously challenged student affairs professionals.

EDHE 673 – Student Development Theory

In this course, you gain an understanding of college student development theory and its application to practice. You learn to critically analyze and evaluate theories for inclusiveness, relevance, and applicability for diverse populations from your own perspective, as well as from the perspectives of various college student populations. Specific theories examined include human development theories applicable to college student populations, cognitive, moral, psycho-social, and ethical theories. The course also looks into adult development, racial and sexual orientation, identity development, and spiritual development models. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the theories and process models in your student affairs practice.

EDHE 676 – Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs

This course introduces future student affairs administrators to the theories of organizational behavior in the context of student affairs in higher education. Focus is on application of theory to practice in the areas of understanding how organizations work, managing and leading people, best practices, and understanding the culture that guides and defines the student affairs profession.

EDHE 677 – Law in Student Affairs

This course looks at legal issues focusing on sources and application of education law and responsibilities of higher education administrators. You learn to analyze legal issues facing student affairs professionals so that in your student affairs practice you can effectively work toward resolution with the assistance of legal counsel.

EDHE 678 – Capstone in Student Affairs

Capstone analyzing current issues and leadership in transition to professional roles.

EDRM 600 – Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods is designed to teach you about the fundamentals of designing and conducting a research project in both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. You will be a functionally literate consumer of research studies once you've completed this course. The course examines basic quantitative and qualitative terminology associated with research, how to collect and interpret a variety of data, and how to read and evaluate research studies. S.A.H.E. students should register for section 802.

EDRM 663 – Autoethnography & Reflective Practice I

Introduces basic autoethnographic research skills that underpin the creation of the culminating SAHE program portfolio. Foundational research methods, the portfolio process, cultivating reflective practice, and critical analysis skills are necessary to both conduct autoethnography and develop as a practitioner-scholar.

EDUC 502 – Human Relations in Education

Human relations in an individual's educational, organizational, and social activities as applied to various educational settings. The purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of fundamental concepts of interpersonal helping, counseling, and human relations skills and their application to practice in student affairs.

EDUC 686A – Practicum-Administration

Students are required to complete one 60 hour practical experiences as part of the SAHE experience. Practicums are designed to engage students in new experiences, develop and enhance skills and abilities, learn about various functional areas, and fulfill program competencies. In addition, the practicum experience allows students to contribute in meaningful ways to the profession, expand professional networks, and create opportunities for future employment. Prerequisite:

  • Students must complete the School of Education Form 81 and receive instructor approval prior to registering for EDUC 686A.
  • Students may not complete a practicum during their first semester without special approval.

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