Undergraduate Courses

Drop-In Child Care Programs

  • HDFS 1520 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of appropriate planning for and experience in a drop-in child care program. Prerequisites: HDFS 2420 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Foundations of Family Studies

  • HDFS 1600 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to family studies discipline and profession. Introduces historical changes in families, diversity by race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation, and interaction of families with neighborhoods, schools, the workplace, and larger systems.

Foundations of Family Studies - Honors

  • HDFS 1600H (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to family studies discipline and profession. Introduces historical changes in families, diversity by race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation, and interaction of families with neighborhoods, schools, the workplace, and larger systems. Human Environmental Sciences [H E S] major only or Human Development and Family Studies [HDFS] minors. Honors eligibility required.

Intimate Relationships and Marriage

  • HDFS 1610 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of issues pertaining to intimate and marital relationships such as relationship foundation and dissolution processes, love, sex, behavioral scripts, and conflict. Diversity related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation is explored.

Problems in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 2085 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Graded on S/U basis only.

Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 2200 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to research methods in the social sciences. Emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as applied research and program evaluation. Prerequisites: sophomore standing.

Multicultural Study of Children and Families

  • HDFS 2300 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of cultural variation in family life around the world and within America (e.g.: African-American, Hispanic American). Attention is paid to the external conditions that affect the internal workings of these families.

Principles of Human Development

  • HDFS 2400 (4 Credit Hours)
  • Concepts and principles basic to an understanding of human development and learning throughout the life span. Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000.

Principles of Human Development - Honors

  • HDFS 2400H (4 Credit Hours)
  • Concepts and principles basic to an understanding of human development and learning throughout the life span. Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000. Honors eligibility required.

Early and Middle Childhood

  • HDFS 2420 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child before puberty. Observation is integral part of course. Cannot receive credit for more than one of the following: PSYCH 2410, HDFS 2420, or ESC PS 2500.

Adolescence and Young Adulthood

  • HDFS 2430 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Physical, intellectual, and psychosocial maturation of adolescents and young adults within the context of life long developmental sequelae.

Adulthood and Aging

  • HDFS 2440 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of biological, cognitive, psychological and social changes experienced across adulthood.

Human Sexuality Across the Life Span

  • HDFS 2450 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An introductory survey of human sexuality including gender, love and intimacy, sexual expression and variation, sexual orientation, contraception, pregnancy and birth, sexually transmitted infections, sexual coercion, and sex in society. Sexuality within the context of intimate relationships across the life course will be emphasized.

Infant-Toddler Development and Programs

  • HDFS 2500 (3 - 5 Credit Hours)
  • Applied cognitive, language, and social development of infants and toddlers. Emphasizes development in a child care setting and staff relations. Co-requisites: HDFS 2420 3420.

Curriculum and Activities for the Early Childhood Setting

  • HDFS 2510 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Development of curriculum for children birth through 5 in preschool setting. Also emphasizes the development of program activities for children birth through 5; and 6 through 10 in after-school care settings. Prerequisites: may be concurrently with HDFS 2420 and 2500 and instructor's consent.

Drop-In Child Care Programs

  • HDFS 2520 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of appropriate planning for and experience in a drop-in child care program. Prerequisites: HDFS 2420 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Foundations of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth

  • HDFS 2530 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examines non-academic community-based programming for children and youth. Experience working with these age groups. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420 or equivalent or instructor's consent. Graded on A/F basis only.

Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 3001 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Selected current topics in the field of interest.

Problems in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 3085 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent work on special problems in human development and family studies. Prerequisites: instructor's consent. Graded on S/U basis only.

Research Experience in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 3090 (1 - 6 Credit Hours)
  • Student training and engagement in research with a HDFS faculty member. Students learn about the research process and methods, and develop research skills (e.g., data collection, entry, coding, analysis) through hands-on work. Graded on S/U basis only. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200; instructor's consent.

Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood)

  • HDFS 3150 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Physical, cognitive, social/emotional and personality growth and development during early childhood. Topics include major theories of development and current research and ideas in conjunction with historical approaches to examining growth and development in ages 4-8. Prerequisites: enrollment restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE).

Professional Development

  • HDFS 3250 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Role of a professional as a teacher, administrator, or advocate in early childhood programming. Topics include professionalism and ethics; identifying child abuse; the role of an early childhood educator; program models and working with children and professional colleagues. Prerequisites: enrollment restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

Child Guidance and Classroom Environments

  • HDFS 3350 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examines developmentally appropriate practice in child guidance. Current guidance methods and programs will be covered. Students will develop their own approach to guidance based upon course content. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

Early and Middle Childhood

  • HDFS 3420 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child before puberty. Observation is integral part of course. Cannot receive credit for more than one of the following: PSYCH 2410, HDFS 3420, or ESCPS 2500. Prerequisites: Restricted to Education, HDFS and Pre-HDFS majors during preregistration period.

Adolescence and Young Adulthood

  • HDFS 3430 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Physical, intellectual, and psychosocial maturation of adolescents and young adults within the context of life long developmental sequelae. Prerequisites: Restricted to HDFS and Pre-HDFS majors during pre-registration period.

Adulthood and Aging

  • HDFS 3440 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of biological, cognitive, psychological and social changes experienced across adulthood.

Infant-Toddler Development and Programs

  • HDFS 3500 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Applied cognitive, language, and social development of infants and toddlers. Emphasizes development in a child care setting and staff relations. Co-requisites: HDFS 3420.

Curriculum and Activities for the Early Childhood Setting

  • HDFS 3510 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Development of curriculum for children birth through 5 in preschool setting. Also emphasizes the development of program activities for children birth through 5; and 6 through 10 in after-school care settings. Prerequisites: may be taken concurrently with HDFS 3420 and HDFS 3500 and instructor's consent.

Student Teaching Prekindergarten

  • HDFS 3520 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Experience working with children (2-5 years), using general guidance principles and methods for fostering creativity. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Foundations of Community-Based Programs for Children and Youth

  • HDFS 3530 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examines non-academic community-based programming for children and youth. Experience working with these age groups. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420 or equivalent or instructor's consent.

Technology and Young Children

  • HDFS 3550 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Students will learn how electronic technology impacts the development of young children in educational, home and community environments, and how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Prerequisites: enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI_ECE).

Working With Parents

  • HDFS 3600 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Lecture format presenting stages of parenthood, parenting styles, the impact of relationships and culture on parenting and challenges of parenting. Developing practical field skills working with families in a service learning experience. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420.

Child Development Laboratory

  • HDFS 3700 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Experience working with young children (ages 2-6 years), and applying developmentally appropriate practice. Focus on general guidance, curriculum planning, family and staff relations. Prerequisites: HDFS 3500 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Student Teaching Prekindergarten

  • HDFS 3720 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Experience working with children (2-5 years), using general guidance principles and methods for fostering creativity. Prerequisites: HDFS 3420 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Field Training Practicum

  • HDFS 3730 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Field training experiences under supervision. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: advisor's consent.

Working with Families

  • HDFS 3750 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course focuses on application of an ecological model to the understanding of variation in parental roles, perspectives, approaches, and challenges. The course also provides an overview of effective communication strategies and parent education programs. Course content overlaps with HDFS 3600. Not recommended for students to enroll in both courses. Students will not receive credit for both HDFS 3600 and HDFS 3750. Prerequisites: restricted to students admitted to the Great Plains IDEA Early Childhood Education Program (GPI-ECE).

Children's Play

  • HDFS 3800 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course is an examination of the complex phenomenon of play in children's lives. Emphasis is placed on the value of play in developmental, social, and cultural contexts. Topics include the exploration of play theories and supporting empirical evidence, play materials, various environments, violence and conflict resolution, and therapeutic uses of play. Observation and assessment of children at play and analysis of play environments is required. Prerequisites: HDFS 2400, HDFS 3420, PSYCH 2410 or ESCPS 2500 or equivalent, junior standing. Enrollment is restricted to HDFS and Pre-HDFS majors during preregistration period.

Readings in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 3960 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Readings in recent research; critical discussions.

Topics in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 4001 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Selected current topics in field of interest.

Problems in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 4085 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Independent work on special problems in human development and family studies. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

Advanced Research in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 4090 (1 - 6 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced training and engagement in research with a HDFS faculty member. Student develops research skills (e.g., data collection, entry, coding, analysis) and works semi-independently on own research project. Graded on S/U basis only. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 and HDFS 3090; instructor's consent.

Children in Health Care Settings

  • HDFS 4100 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Overview of the medical conditions and treatments commonly encountered by children and adolescents in health care settings and their typical reactions to them. Introduction to the philosophy and the role of the child life profession. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200, HDFS 2400 and HDFS 3420, or equivalent. Restricted to Human Development and Family Studies and Pre- Human Development and Family Studies majors during pre-registration period.

Child Life Theory and Practice

  • HDFS 4110 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Focuses on theoretical foundations and principal intervention strategies used in Child Life professional practice. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200, HDFS 3420, HDFS 3500 or HDFS 3700, and instructor's consent.

Child Life Practicum

  • HDFS 4130 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Observation of Child Life staff at Children's Hospital and experience helping children and adolescents cope with hospitalization. Prerequisites: HDFS 3500 and HDFS 3700, consent required.

Latino/a Youth and Families

  • HDFS 4200 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Current issues in theory, methods, and research in U.S. Latino/a youth and families are examined from a social and developmental psychological perspective. The course is an advanced level study, with a particular focus on history, theories, methods, research, and applied social issues. Topics will include, parenting, siblings, youth development and adjustment, stress, risky behaviors, gender issues, assessment, study design, cultural values, intervention programs, and immigration issues. Prerequisites: Pre- HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300, HDFS 2400.

Black Families

  • HDFS 4300 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as BL_STU 4300). Emphasis is on the unique social, economic, religious, educational, and political environments that have affected the structure and function of the Black family. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 or equivalent, and junior standing.

Childhood Death and Bereavement

  • HDFS 4400 (3 Credit Hours)
  • An exploration of issues that arise for children and families when facing life-threatening illness and death. The course also includes an examination of coping and helping strategies for dying and grieving children. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200, HDFS 2400, HDFS 3420 and instructor's consent. Restricted to HDFS and Pre-HDFS majors during pre-registration period.

Environmental Influences on Lifespan Cognition

  • HDFS 4420 (3 Credit Hours)
  • This course covers the change and growth of cognition through the lifespan with particular attention to how the environment influences cognition (including perception, language memory, attention executive functions, and problem solving). Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS Majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300, HDFS 2400 and HDFS 3420.

Advanced Child Development Laboratory

  • HDFS 4500 (12 Credit Hours)
  • Practical experience working with young children (up to 10) in out-of-home care facilities. Program planning for children and working with parents. Lab hours required. Prerequisites: HDFS 3500 and 3700 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Development and Administration of Child Services Programs

  • HDFS 4570 (3 Credit Hours)
  • The development of leadership and management skills for administering community-and hospital-based programs for children. Includes an overview of office policy and procedure, staff and volunteer management, public relations, budgeting, accounts, accountability, and quality assurance. Prerequisites: Restricted to Pre-HDFS and HDFS Majors. Must have also completed HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300, HDFS 2400 and HDFS 3700.

Stress and Resilience in Families

  • HDFS 4610 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to the study of stressor events in families, such as poverty, violence within families, substance abuse, and health problems. Emphasis is on both prevention and coping. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

Family Interaction

  • HDFS 4620 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Analysis of intrafamilial interaction from a systems perspective; includes comparative study of family paradigms, family subsystems, goals, and resources, boundaries, and patterns of feedback. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

The Process of Divorce

  • HDFS 4630 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examination of theory and research related to marital dissolution. The impact of divorce on children and adults, and divorce intervention strategies are considered. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

Interpersonal Relationships

  • HDFS 4640 (3 Credit Hours)
  • In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships. Students are introduced to the field of close relationships. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

Family Communication

  • HDFS 4680 (3 Credit Hours)
  • (same as COMMUN 4520).

Children and Families in Poverty

  • HDFS 4700 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of the extent, distribution, and implications of poverty on children and families. Examination of myths and realities, social conditions, policies, and programs that contribute to or reduce poverty and its consequences. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

Child and Family Advocacy

  • HDFS 4720 (2 - 3 Credit Hours)
  • Study of the processes of social policies, legislation, and regulations affecting children and families at the local, state and federal levels. The course emphasizes current issues and need for citizen involvement. There will be sections restricted to HDFS majors and to Education majors. The HDFS section will be for 3 credits and the Education will be for 2 credits. Prerequisites: Pre-HDFS and HDFS majors must complete HDFS 1600, HDFS 2200, HDFS 2300 and HDFS 2400.

Parent-Child Relations Over the Life Course

  • HDFS 4740 (3 Credit Hours)
  • Examines the development, continuities, transitions, and discontinuities of parent-child relationships over the life course. Considers the influence of parents on children and children on parents. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 or equivalent.

Program and Curriculum Design for FACS Education in Middle and Secondary Schools

  • HDFS 4800 (3 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do about planning for student learning in FACS? Includes objectives, lesson designs, resources, learner diversity, thinking skills, reasoning processes, articulation, legislation. Prerequisites: ESCPS 2010 and SPCED 2020 or equivalent. Admission to Phase II, and instructor's consent.

Assessment in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • HDFS 4820 (2 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do to determine the extent to which program/lesson objectives have been achieved? Includes the selection, design, and use of a wide variety of assessment tools and techniques, and the impact of assessment on the evaluation of learners and program design. Prerequisites: admission into Phase II, HDFS 4800, and instructor's consent.

Methods of Teaching FACS in Middle and Secondary Schools

  • HDFS 4830 (3 Credit Hours)
  • What should a teacher do to help students achieve learner objectives? Includes classroom management strategies, choosing and using instructional methods to stimulate thinking skills and reasoning processes, communication skills, professionalism, and public relations. Prerequisites: admission into Phase II, and instructor's consent.

Field Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences

  • HDFS 4940 (1 Credit Hours)
  • Students will observe and assist in FACS classroom. Prerequisites: to be taken concurrently with HDFS 4800, and instructor's consent.

Field Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences

  • HDFS 4941 (1 Credit Hours)
  • Students will be involved in real-world experiences in a FACS classroom. Prerequisites: to be taken concurrently with HDFS 4830; requires instructor's consent.

Student Teaching FACS in Middle and Secondary Schools

  • HDFS 4942 (1 - 1 Credit Hours)
  • What guided practicum experiences will directly contribute to success as a classroom teacher? Students will teach for sixteen weeks within the state of Missouri under the supervision of an experienced FACS teacher. Prerequisites: HDFS 4800, HDFS 4820, HDFS 4830, ENGLSH 1000, admittance to Phase III, and instructor's consent.

Families and Lifespan Development Capstone

  • HDFS 4970 (4 Credit Hours)
  • Focus on integrating, extending, critiquing, and applying knowledge gained in the Families and Lifespan Development option within a family and lifespan development educational framework. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: senior standing and instructor's consent.

Child Development and Education Capstone

  • HDFS 4971 (9 Credit Hours)
  • Practical experience working with young children (up to 10) in out-of-home care facilities. Program planning for children and working with parents. Lab hours required. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200, HDFS 3500 and HDFS 3700, or equivalent and instructor's consent.

Internship in Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 4993 (1 - 9 Credit Hours)
  • Internships or field training experiences under supervision. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: HDFS 2200 or equivalent and instructor's consent.