The Department of Human Development and Family Science at Messiah College seeks to enhance the well-being of families in diverse societies through a) educating and advising students for graduate school and careers in family science; b) engaging in national and international conversations on family-related issues; c) conducting academic research; d) developing and delivering effective family life education programs; e) presenting ideas and solutions which reflect Christian faith and values; and f) pursuing lives of leadership, service (e.g. civic engagement), and reconciliation (e.g. ethical responsibility) locally, nationally, and globally.
Human Development and Family Science Department Student Goals
- Obtain and demonstrate knowledge in key content areas of family science:
- Families in Society
- Internal Dynamics of Families
- Human Growth and Development over the Life Span
- Human Sexuality
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Family Resource Management
- Parent Education and Guidance
- Community Service and Family Policy
- Professional Ethics and Practice
- Family Life Education Methodology
- Demonstrate the ability to critique popular, traditionally accepted or widely disseminated information about family relationships and functioning.
- Understand, critically analyze, evaluate, and conduct empirically based research.
- Clarify and articulate attitudes, assumptions, and values, including an awareness and appreciation of how one’s world view intersects and impacts those of others.
- Integrate their Christian faith and academic understanding of human development and family science theory and practice.
- Gain practice experience and application opportunities in the discipline, both in and out of the classroom.
- Increase understanding of multicultural and diverse family experiences (e.g., socioeconomic, rural-urban, various family structures).
- Develop professional skills which are desired by employers and which increase competence of family professionals (e.g., speaking and writing, including APA format; teamwork skills; a strong work ethic; interpersonal skills (e.g. listening, sending clear messages); computer skills; organizational skills; leadership skills. Demonstrate appropriate content pedagogy.
- Emerge from their major with realistic ideas about how to apply their disciplinary knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of occupational pursuits as well as their personal suitability for various career paths.