Undergraduate Department of Psychology and Human Development

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

Department of Psychology and Human Development

Eric Silverman, Chair and Professor

Detris Honora Adelabu, Associate Professor

Janine Bempechat, Professor

Akeia Benard, Assistant Professor

Gail Dines, Professor

Tina Durand, Assistant Professor

Martha Eshoo, Instructor

Petra Hesse, Associate Professor

Grace Kim, Assistant Professor

Kathryn Portnow, Instructor

Edwin Shriver, Instructor

Eleonora Villegas Reimers, Associate Professor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

B.S. /Psychology and Human Development

Minor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Psychology and Human Development Major / B.S. Degree / 36 Credits

The Psychology and Human Development major is rooted in the intellectual traditions of psychology, sociology and anthropology. The theories, research and practices of this multidisciplinary field of inquiry contribute to a greater understanding of human experience in our complex and changing world. Human development over the life course is studied in cultural, social, historical and political contexts. Students are encouraged to explore the relevance of the field to their personal experiences and professional growth and to formulate new research questions and policy agendas for improving the quality of the lives of children, families and communities.

This major, with its emphasis on development, is designed to provide in-depth study in an area that complements professional preparation for the fields of teaching, social work, juvenile justice and youth advocacy, and child life. The major is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in related areas.

Students may choose to pursue a standalone major in Psychology and Human Development. Internships are available for students who are not pursuing a professional major.

Students will:

  • Appreciate and apply a multidisciplinary approach to understanding human development, sociology and anthropology
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and communication skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diverse experiences and world views; and interrogate social, political and economic structures that shape individual community, and societal development
  • Expand and sustain leadership in political and social advocacy
  • Integrate understanding of human development, sociology and anthropology into community/international-based experiences/service
  • Expand knowledge and integration of 21st Century technology
  • Engage in critical analysis and production of social science research
  • Possess an understanding of professional options related to Psychology and Human Development
Course Requirements

Students must take 36 credit hours of course work in Psychology and Human Development, consisting of a multi-disciplinary core of 16 credits and 20 credits in one of three focus areas: Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Children, Families and Culture. Courses taken to fulfill multi-disciplinary core requirements cannot be used to fulfill focus area requirements.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CORE (16 CREDITS)

Students must complete a course in each discipline of the major (psychology, sociology, and anthropology) and a research methods course to meet the multi-disciplinary core requirement. Human Growth and Development, a college requirement for all first year students, also counts as the psychology course in the multi-disciplinary core:

Human Growth and Development (choose one) 4 credits
HDP 122/123 Human Growth and Development/4 cr or
HDP 126/127 Human Growth and Development Intensive/4 cr
One Sociology or Anthropology Course 4 credits
Students can take any sociology (HDS) or anthropology (HDA) course/4 cr
Research Methods
HDP 264 Research Methods/4 cr or SWK 268 Social Research/4 cr 4 credits
Diversity Selective (choose one) 4 credits
HDA/AST 258 Religion in America/4 cr
HDP 330 Psychology of Race/4 cr
HDP 327 Asian American Psychology/4 cr
HDS 106 Sociology of Minority Groups/4 cr
HDP 290 Children with Special Needs/4 cr
AST 140 Media and Race/4 cr
AST 256 Gender and Politics/4 cr
AST 257 Race in America/4 cr

Focus (20 credits)

In addition to the multidisciplinary core requirement, students must complete 20 credits in one of three focus areas: Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Children, Families and Culture. In each focus area, students must take a combination of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. Juniors and seniors can, with their academic advisor's approval, substitute one course from another Focus Area of the department. Note: Substitutions are not guaranteed.

Focus: Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology focus explores topics related to mental health and counseling with a particular emphasis on human development and diversity. This focus prepares undergraduate students for graduate study in counseling or clinical psychology, which can lead to working in various mental health and human services fields. Please note that the course work is at the undergraduate level. In order to practice as a counselor, one needs to obtain a state licensure upon the completion of graduate study.

In addition to the required coursework, students are recommended to pursue gaining experiences in the field and/or seeking research opportunities. Please see your advisor for more information.

Counseling Psychology Core (choose two) 8 credits
HDP 223 Abnormal Psychology/4 cr or
HDP 379/380 Emotional Problems of Children/Seminar in Emotional Problems of Children/4 cr
HDP 301 Counseling Psychology/4 cr
Introductory and Intermediate Courses (choose one or two) 4-8 credits
CFS 240 Helping Children with Grief and Loss/4 cr
HDP 102 Introduction to Psychology/4 cr
HDP 104 Social Psychology/4 cr
HDP 220 Theories of Personality/4 cr
HDP 223 Abnormal Psychology/4 cr
HDP 224 Theories of Emotional Development/4 cr
HDP 226 Positive Psychology/4 cr
Advanced Courses (choose one or two) 4-8 credits
AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism /4 cr
HDP 327 Asian American Psychology/4 cr
HDP 379/380 Emotional Problems of Children /4 cr
HDP 385 Psychological Trauma/4 cr

Students choosing to major in Psychology and Human Development with a Counseling Psychology focus may combine their major with the following professional majors and certificates: Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Human Service Certificate, Child Life, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Social Work and Special Education (Moderate Disabilities). Instead of a professional major, some students may also want to double major in Humanities, Math/Science, American Studies or the Arts.

Students majoring in Psychology and Human Development with a focus in Counseling Psychology may also pursue an extended major without a professional major by taking an additional 4 advanced credits. Students interested in completing additional fieldwork may do so as an independent study with a faculty advisor.

Students interested in graduate study in clinical or counseling psychology are recommended to complete the following courses.

HDP 102 Introduction to Psychology 4 credits
HDP 220 Theories of Personality 4 credits
HDP 223 Abnormal Psychology 4 credits
HDP 301 Counseling Psychology 4 credits

Focus: Developmental Psychology

This focus examines the cognitive, social, motivational, and emotional changes that occur in the individual across the life span. The study of human development is framed within the context of families, schools, and communities. Courses emphasize the variety of social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence the trajectories of both individuals and groups.

Intermediate Courses (choose two or three) 8-12 credits
HDP 222       Language and Culture/4 cr
HDP 224 Theories of Emotional Development/4 cr
HDP 227 Language Development/4 cr
HDP 257 Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development/4 cr
HDP 265 Achievement Motivation/4 cr
HDP 280 Infants, Toddlers and the Media/4 cr
HDP 282 Children and the Media/4 cr
HDP 290 Children with Special Needs/4 cr
Advanced Courses (choose two or three) 8-12 credits
HDP 316 Children's Political Lives/4 cr
HDP 325 Memory, Identity and Development /4 cr
HDP 330 The Psychology of Race/4 cr
HDP 335 Cognition in the Deaf and Blind/4 cr
HDP 352 Cognitive Development/4 cr
HDP 354 Ethnicity and Achievement/4 cr
HDP 358 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Child Care/4 cr
HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play/4 cr
HDP 366 Adolescent Development/4 cr
HDP 368 Adult Development/4 cr
HDP 371 Humor and Child Development/4 cr
HDP 382 Nature of Linguistic Knowledge/4 cr
AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism /4 cr

Students choosing to major in Psychology and Human Development with a Developmental Psychology focus may combine their major with the following professional majors and certificates: Child Life, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Human Service Certificate, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Social Work and Special Education. Instead of a professional major, some students may also want to double major in Humanities, Math/ Science, American Studies or the Arts.

Students majoring in Psychology and Human Development with a focus in Developmental Psychology may also pursue an extended major without a professional major by taking an additional 4 advanced credits. Students interested in completing additional fieldwork may do so as an independent study with a faculty advisor.

Students with a major in Elementary Education should consider taking one or more of the following courses as part of their developmental psychology focus:

HDP 224       Theories of Emotional Development 4 credits
HDP 227 Language Development 4 credits
HDP 352 Cognitive Development 4 credits
Focus: Children, Families and Culture

This focus introduces students to the diversity of childhoods and families in the United States and elsewhere, as understood by Anthropology and Sociology. This focus area also studies different aspects of culture, including globalization, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexuality, consumerism, inequality, and power – how people create, contribute towards, and challenge their social worlds.

Introductory Courses (choose one) 4 credits
HDS 103 Women, Culture, &Society/4 cr
HDA 266 Children, Families and Parenting Around the World/4 cr
HDS 106 Sociology of Minority Groups/4 cr
HDA 120/PSG Anthropology and Globalization/4 cr
Intermediate Courses (choose one or two) 4-8 credits
AST 220 Coming to America/4 cr
AST 265 Studies in American Popular Culture/4 cr
HDP 222 Language and Culture/4 cr
HDA 256 Sex and Culture/4 cr
HDA/AST 258       Religion in America/4 cr
HDA/AST 225 Anthropology of American Men/4 cr
HDP 222 Language and Culture/4 cr
Advanced Courses (choose two or three) 8-12 credits
HDS 332 Feminist Theories/4 cr
HDP 316 Children's Political Lives/4 cr
HDP 330 The Psychology of Race/4cr
HDA/AST 350 Globalization and Human Rights /4cr
HDP 358 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Child Care/4 cr

Students choosing to major in Psychology and Human Development with a focus on Children, Families and Culture may combine their major with the following professional majors and certificates: Child Life, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Human Service Certificate, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Social Work and Special Education (Moderate Disabilities). Instead of a professional major, some students may also want to double major in Humanities, Math/Science, American Studies or the Arts.

Students majoring in Psychology and Human development with a focus on Children, Families and Culture may also pursue an extended major without a professional major by taking an additional 4 advanced credits. Students interested in completing additional fieldwork may do so as an independent study with a faculty advisor.

Minor in Psychology and Human Development / 16 credits

The Psychology and Human Development Department offers three minors, each consisting of 4 courses:

Psychology and Human Development Minor. Any four Psychology courses, not including HGD. You can substitute one Anthropology or Sociology course.

Anthropology and Sociology Minor. Any four Anthropology and Sociology courses. The minor must include at least one Anthropology course, and one Sociology course. You can substitute one Psychology/Human Development course.

Social Sciences Minor. At least one Sociology course, one Anthropology course, and one Political Science and Global Studies course; plus another course in one of these three area. You can substitute one Psychology/Human Development course.

Each minor must include at least one intermediate course (200-level), and at least one advanced course (300-level). Junior and Senior majors in the department can, with their advisor's approval, substitute one course from another focus area. Please note that not all requests will necessarily be honored.

Minor, Communication sciences and Disorders/16 credits

The minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders is open to all students looking to complement their primary field of study. Students in the program will complete 5 undergraduate courses. These courses may count for the minor after students have completed their Human Growth and Development sequence. This minor fulfills the pre-requisites for applying to a master's in Speech-Language Pathology.

Course Requirements

After students have completed HGD 121/123 or 124/126, students must take the five (5) courses listed below. Except for HDP 227, Language and Development, these courses are offered through the MGH Institute of Health Professions, check official course schedule to determine the location of the course.

Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders - 3 credits

Phonetic Transcription - 3 credits

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms - 3 credits

Language Acquisition (taught at Wheelock) - 4 credits

Audiology - 3 credits 

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