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Penn State York Adds New Degree for Fall 2005

8/12/2005 —

Penn State York’s new four-year degree in human development and family studies, community human services option, is in place for fall 2005. This new degree, that can be completed without leaving York, offers a program that combines the individual and family development components with human services in the way that other degrees do not.

“This is an excellent degree that will support local agencies and fills a community need,” said Harriet Darling, Ph.D., instructor in human development and family studies and program coordinator. “Our market surveys of students and local agencies pointed us to this degree and the community human services option. Other schools in the region offer social work or behavioral science/sociology degrees but this degree is the only one to combine the individual and family development components with human services. The associate degree we currently offer also fits nicely into this program.”

The bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Courses emphasize biological, psychological, social/cultural, and economic aspects of development. Through course work and undergraduate internships or research projects, students develop skills relevant to career objectives, such as counseling, human assessment, program planning and evaluation, and research.

The community human services option offered at York is designed to prepare students to enter human services professions. The program also provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate study in human development and human services areas. Students typically enter the program with a strong desire to help people. The option combines the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with applied study in real-world settings. Students develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and participate in active learning, team-building, and group exercises. The option allows students to become familiar with unique human services needs and organization in Pennsylvania communities, a design that sets the option apart from others. Students who complete the program will be prepared for positions with community human services agencies serving children, adolescents, families, and the aged.

This new degree is one more option for students who are interested in completing a Penn State degree locally. Penn State York will continue to offer eight other four-year degrees: the bachelor of arts in American studies; the bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; the bachelor of arts in English; the bachelor of arts in letters, arts, and sciences (liberal studies option); the bachelor of science in business; the bachelor of science in electro-mechanical engineering technology; the bachelor of science in information sciences and technology, the bachelor of science in science; and the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors. The campus also offers seven associate degrees, a focused master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, and a wide range of professional development and personal enrichment courses.

For information on the bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies, please contact Darling at 717-771-4164 or send an e-mail inquiry to hed4@psu.edu; Sukhdeep Gill, assistant professor of human development and family studies, at 717-771-8406 or sgill@psu.edu; contact the Penn State York Admissions Office at 717-771-4040 or 1-800-PSU-6227.

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