The purpose of this program is to equip students with a general knowledge of issues relevant to normal and abnormal patterns of human and family development and to provide them with some practical skills and insights which will enhance their abilities in a variety of professions which deal with developmental and family issues. The program also supports students to develop practical skills and insights that will enhance their abilities in a variety of professions dealing with issues of human and family development. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and reflects four specific goals:
(1) Provide students with an extensive knowledge base of theory and research concerning lifespan development and the role of the family in development;
(2) Train students to be critical consumers of research and evaluation results in the human and family development areas;
(3) Provide students with practical experience in at least one applied service discipline in the human and family development areas; and
(4) Provide students with the opportunity to take topical courses in normal and atypical development of the individual and family.