Counseling and Student Personnel (MS)

College Student Affairs

College Student Affairs is a comprehensive program designed to prepare future leaders in higher education for a variety of positions, such as academic advising, career services, diversity and inclusion, residence life, and student activities. This program offers a balanced curriculum of student affairs administration and counseling skills while emphasizing social justice and college student development. Through intensive practicum and internship experiences, students directly apply knowledge gained from courses to their work in multiple areas of student affairs.

Program Requirements

Common Core

Focus on helping skills model, professional issues, and skill acquisition of basic listening responses.

Prerequisites: none

A combination of classroom lecture and interaction with community professionals involved in crisis intervention. Designed to give students practical experience in distinguishing between crisis intervention, theory, and practice.

Prerequisites: none

This course is specific to the counseling profession, focusing on both the cultural and sociopolitical forces influencing people in a multicultural society, as well as the microskills necessary for engaging in cross-cultural counselor-client interactions.

Prerequisites: none

Theories of human development and the family cycle are presented as the basis for multi-contextual assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment skills when working with contemporary families.

Prerequisites: none

Overview of theories of career development, career guidance, career choice, and decision-making. Career counseling interviews and assessment techniques are also emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

A review and analysis of major counseling theories coupled with empirical support and specific counseling theory techniques and theoretical case analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition of advanced listening responses, helping interventions, and counseling strategies.

Prerequisites: CSP 645

Major theories of group development are presented along with analysis of group notes, group techniques, and groups for special populations. An experiential component is included for experience in group processes.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course will prepare students to effectively understand and utilize the results of research and will provide an understanding of the processes involved in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and reporting of research, including program evaluation research.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis Common Core

Strategies for establishing a group. A review of concepts related to group membership, group member roles, and group techniques, therapeutic factors, and leadership roles. An experiential component is included in this course.

Prerequisites: none

Students will explore the functional areas represented by the student affairs profession and will examine current issues and problems facing student affairs and higher education. Philosophical and historical underpinnings of the student affairs profession will also be examined.

Prerequisites: none

Current theories and practices in the administration of student affairs programs in higher education. Includes: theories of leadership, management, and change; models of planning, budgeting, staffing, and evaluation. Current issues and trends are also explored.

Prerequisites: none

Provides prospective college and university administrators with a theoretical and working knowledge of the finance of higher education including national, state, and university processes, challenges, and techniques; budget management practices and techniques of student affairs administrators in higher education; and policy and political issues of student affairs and higher education budgets in the United States.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of today's college students through various theoretical perspectives including social identity development (i.e., racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual, disability, and social class) as well as psychological, intellectual, and moral development. Special focus will be paid to recognizing the unique characteristics and issues faced by today's college students and applying theory to practice.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of assessment and program evaluation in higher education and student affairs, particularly with regard to the process of assessing student learning and development. The study of physical, social, and organizational campus environments, as well as the impact of campus environments on diverse student populations, will also be a focus of the course.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative practicum experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative internship experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative internship experience. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course