Chair: Dr. Eric Plaisance

The Department of Human Studies engages over 800 students, offering degree programs at all academic levels and within five areas of study.

UndergraduateGraduate

Community Health and Human Services

Kinesiology

Community Health and Human Services

Counseling

Educational Leadership

Kinesiology

Educational Studies in Diverse Populations

The Department of Human Studies also houses two non-degree service programs:

Educational Foundations

The Educational Foundations program aims to serve the academic needs of multiple programs both in the Department of Human Studies and in School of Education at large. We offer courses that examine how educational institutions shape and are shaped by the social, cultural, political, and economic influences and structures in our society as well as courses that focus on the philosophy of education and theories of knowledge. Both undergraduate and graduate students take Educational Foundations courses such as Urban Education, Comparative Education, Ethics and Education, Social Movements in Education, Culture and American Education: Race, Class, and Gender and others. We believe that the best teachers have a broad understanding of the societal, philosophical, and ethical aspects of education as well as expertise in instruction and content. We also believe that educators need to learn about their students’ cultures and communities and to incorporate their students’ experiences into their programs and instruction.

Educational Psychology and Research

The Educational Psychology and Research program aims to serve the academic needs of multiple programs both in the Department of Human Studies and in the School of Education at large. This service program offers courses such as Measurement and Evaluation in Education, Lifespan Human Development, Communication Skills in Human Services, and Case Management that students in Kinesiology, Community Health and Human Services, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership must take in order to earn their degrees. We also teach the Introduction to Statistics course required by the Kinesiology program for its Exercise Science and Physical Education concentrations; educational psychology graduate courses designated for teacher certification and recertification; the research and statistics course required by all three doctoral programs in the School of Education; and a selection of electives. Our courses are taken also by graduate students from the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions.

If you have questions about any of our programs, please feel free to contact us.