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College Student Personnel (2005-2006)

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Department Chairperson: P. Lance Ternasky
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Thomas Cody
CSP Program Coordinator: Tracy Davis
Department Office: Horrabin Hall 80
Department Telephone: 309/298-1183 Fax: 309/298-2786
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Thomas J. Cody, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
    • Deanna S. Forney, Ph.D., University of Maryland B College Park
  • Associate Professor
    • Tracy L. Davis, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Instructor
    • Kathryn M. Cavins, Ph.D., Illinois State University 
  • Adjunct Faculty
    • Earl Bracey, J.D., Southern Illinois University B Carbondale
    • W. Garry Johnson, Ph.D., University of Missouri B Columbia
    • John C. Maguire, Ph. D., Illinois State University
    • Timothy Sheridan, M.S.Ed., Indiana University

Program Description

The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies offers a Master of Science in College Student Personnel. The program emphasizes professional education that integrates academic course work with internship and practical experiences. The program is designed to have the flexibility to provide professional preparation for a variety of college and university positions. It is appropriate for those students with career goals of working in admissions, student activities, housing programs, student unions, placement offices, and other student affairs areas. The program integrates theory with practice by combining academic preparation with a series of practical assignments in various student affairs areas. The curriculum includes courses in the areas of higher education, the behavioral sciences, counseling, and research.

Admission Requirements

The student must meet the regular admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and be recommended by the Selection Committee of the program. Personal references, interviews, and an essay are required by the Program Selection Committee. Interested persons should contact the program coordinator for information about admission procedures.

Degree Requirements

Students choosing this degree program must complete 48 semester hours of credit. Students are required to take a specialization core of 36 hours, two hours of practicum, and six hours of internship. Four hours of electives from the behavioral sciences, counseling, and other related areas should be taken only after consultation with the student's adviser.

  1. Core Courses: 44 s.h.
    1. EIS 500 Methods of Research: 3 s.h.
    2. CSP 550 Legal Issues for Professionals in College Personnel: 3 s.h.
    3. CSP 552 Introduction to College Student Personnel Work: 3 s.h.
    4. CSP 553 Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services : 3 s.h.
    5. CSP 554 Higher Education in the United States: 3 s.h.
    6. CSP 555 Counseling Theories and Practices for College Student Personnel: 4 s.h.
    7. CSP 559 Student Development Theory and Application I: 4 s.h.
    8. CSP 560 Student Characteristics and College Impact: 3 s.h.
    9. CSP 561 Practicum in Student Affairs: 2 s.h.
    10. CSP 565 Student Development Theory and Application II: 4 s.h.
    11. CSP 581 Group Dynamics B Process and Analysis: 3 s.h.
    12. CSP 597 Internship: 6 s.h.
    13. CSP 600 Professional Development Seminar: 3 s.h.
  2. Electives: 4 s.h.

Total Program: 48 s.h.

Graduate School requirements regarding transfer of credit and extension work will apply.

Course Descriptions

445G The University Community and the Student. (2) This class will study the mores, membership, influence, commitment, expression, and governance of the college community; characteristics of a college student; and the relationship of these to personal, social, and intellectual development. Prerequisite: Resident assistant or permission of the instructor.

450G Workshop in Residence Student Development. (2) This class will examine factors affecting student growth and development in the university community, current problems facing students, and the use of group processes and leadership training in solving problems and facilitating community awareness. Prerequisite: Resident assistant or permission of the instructor.

533 Special Problems in College Student Personnel. (1-3, repeatable to 6) Designed to provide a group of students an opportunity for further professional growth and to apply problem-solving approaches in dealing with a specific educational problem.

550 Legal Issues for Professionals in College Student Personnel. (3) A study of the complex problems of law and ethics as they influence the field of college student personnel and the student affairs professional's role.

552 Introduction to College Student Personnel Work. (3) An introduction to student affairs in higher education focusing on the foundations of the profession, its theoretical base, models of practice, and necessary competencies. An overview of specific areas of student affairs practice is provided. Prerequisite: CSP major or permission of the instructor.

553 Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel Services. (3) An analysis of organizational structure and administrative responsibility of college student personnel workers. Attention will be given to administrative procedures, budgeting, planning, records relationships to students, and relationships to other institutional administrative personnel and academic units.

554 Higher Education in the United States. (3) An overview of higher education in America. The course reflects the historical development of higher education and provides students the opportunity to explore the broader functions, issues, and participants that comprise postsecondary education in the United States. Prerequisite: CSP major or permission of the instructor. 

555 Counseling Theories and Practices for College Student Personnel. (4) An examination of the major theories of counseling, the development of basic counseling skills central to, and for use in, college student personnel settings. Prerequisite: CSP major.

559 Student Development Theory and Application I. (4) A critical analysis and review of student development as the theoretical basis for the student affairs profession. Consideration is given to formulating a personal philosophy of student development, current research, and methodology, and writings. Prerequisite: CSP major or permission of the instructor.

560 Student Characteristics and College Impact. (3) Characteristics of college students, focusing on the needs of the diverse student populations on today's college campuses, will be examined. The impact of college on students, including factors related to retention and attrition and the differential impacts of college on various student populations, will also be explored.

561 Practicum in Student Affairs. (2) The course consists of two components; work experience in a student affairs setting under the supervision of a student affairs professional and seminar conducted by a member of the CSP faculty in which students focus on the link between academic and environmental aspects of training and related issues for beginning professionals. Prerequisite: CSP major.

562 Advanced Practicum in Student Affairs. (1-2, repeatable) Additional experience in a student affairs setting. Students undertake a special project in an area of particular interest. Prerequisite: CSP major.

565 Student Development Theory and Application II. (4) This course will continue the examination of student development theories and their application to student affairs practice, focusing on newer approaches to student development, implications of theory for diverse student populations, and assessment strategies. Prerequisite: CSP 559.

571 Teaching for the First-Year Experience Course. (1) An introduction to teaching issues related to CSP 110, the first-year experience course, and the role of student affairs professionals as teachers. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

573 Race and Ethnicity Issues in Higher Education. (1) An introduction to current multicultural issues in higher education and the role of the student affairs professional in addressing them. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

581 Group Dynamics B Process and Analysis. (3) The study of group processes: communication, decision making, cooperation and competition, cohesion, social facilitation and inhibition, leadership, and group roles. Students participate in a small group experience as part of the course.

582 Issues in Higher Education Administration. (2) Discussion of administrative and management issues facing higher education. An introduction to the broader institutional context within which student affairs functions.

597 Internship. (2-6, repeatable to 6) Intensive professional experience, under supervision, at an internship site. The purpose of this internship is to gain practical experience in applying the knowledge gained in didactic courses to a field of specialization. Prerequisite: Written permission of the instructor or program coordinator.

599 Independent Study. (1-4, repeatable to 4) An investigation of problems related to the student's major area. Ordinarily a substantial written and/or oral report will be required. Students will arrange the topic, procedures, and methods of reporting with the instructor. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: CSP major and/or permission of the instructor.

600 Professional Development Seminar. (3) An integrative seminar taken in the student's final semester. Using a case study approach, the seminar is designed to assist students in applying concepts studied in previous courses to current problems and issues in student affairs. Prerequisite: CSP major or permission of the instructor.

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