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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Health and Human Services


Dean: Michael S. Ferrara
Associate Dean: Neil B. Vroman


The College of Health and Human Services, established in 1968, was created in response to the growing need for programs in higher education that prepare young men and women for health-related careers. The College offers undergraduate instruction leading to the bachelor of science degree in athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, human development and family studies, health management and policy, kinesiology (with options in exercise science, outdoor education, physical education, and sport studies), nursing, occupational therapy, recreation management and policy (with options in program administration and therapeutic recreation), and social work. Each program enables students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to practice in their chosen professions and to obtain a broad cultural background in the humanities and social sciences.

Undeclared Major

A limited number of well-qualified first-year students who have expressed an interest in a health-related career but who are undecided about a specific major may enter the College of Health and Human Services as undeclared students. Undeclared students should explore possible majors by selecting courses from those listed below. Degree candidates must satisfy all of the University and Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of their major. Students will also be required to complete a senior capstone course/experience within their major.

Required Courses

PSYC 401, Introduction to Psychology
BMS 507-508, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploration Courses
All HHS undeclared students are advised by a professional academic counselor. Upon declaration of a specific major, each student is assigned to a faculty adviser within the major department.

COMM 520, Survey of Communication Disorders
HDFS 525, Human Development
HMP 401, U.S. Health Care Systems
HMP 403, Introduction to Public Health
KIN 500, Historical and Contemporary Issues in Physical Education
KIN 585, Emergency First Responder
OT 510, Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation
RMP 490, Recreation and Leisure in Society
SW 424, Introduction to Social Work


Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.S. degree must satisfy all University requirements for graduation, earn at least 128 credits, successfully complete the courses required in one of the curricula described in this section, and achieve the required minimum grade-point average in the chosen curriculum. Generally, courses are to be completed in the sequence in which they are arranged. Degree candidates must satisfy all of the University and Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of an individual major program, which includes a senior capstone course/experience.

Minors: See University Academic Requirements; also see Degrees and Major Programs of Study.
Dual-degree programs: See University Academic Requirements.
Student-designed majors: See Special University Programs.
Second majors: See University Academic Requirements.