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Proposed changes to the Human Development Undergraduate Major

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TO: Lynch School Faculty

FROM: David Blustein
          EPC Chair

DATE: January 3, 2011

RE: Proposed changes to the Human Development Undergraduate Major

The following motion was recommended to the Dean on December 15, 2010 by the full EPC Committee and formally approved by the Dean on January 3, 2011. Please keep this notice with your records about LSOE policies, programs and procedures.

It is moved to approve the Human Development Undergraduate Major as follows:

Name change of Major – Applied Psychology and Human Development

New course – Contemporary Issues in Applied Psychology and Human Development

(VOTE: 9 yes, 0 no)

NAME CHANGE TO

APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

It has been clear for some time that applicants to Boston College are not aware of our undergraduate major in Human Development or that the major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in psychology and related fields.  International students especially do not realize that we have this major in the School of Education.  Therefore, we believe that a simple name change will help to attract more students as incoming freshmen, and give more clarity to students who are already majoring in Human Development.  These students may need to have the word ‘Psychology’ present on their transcript for entrance into certain graduate programs.

 PRIMARY CHANGES
1. NEW COURSE PROPOSAL PYXXX- CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (initially offer this once a year)

In response to students’ requests for upper-level seminars in this program, as well as in response to faculty views of how to enhance this program, we propose the addition of a course on contemporary issues in our field. The content of the course may change depending on current issues and faculty expertise. We plan initially to teach this course once a year and limit the enrollment to 25 students (juniors or seniors who have completed the prerequisites) so it can conducted as a discussion/seminar course. Because this course could appeal to students in any of the three focus areas, we plan to list it as an elective in each area.