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CSP 6013: American Higher Education in Transition

An overview of the history, philosophy, purposes, and functions of higher education in the United States. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the events, issues, and ongoing debates that have shaped and continue to shape higher education in the United States.

CSP 6023: Introduction to College Student Personnel Work

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the breadth of college student personnel work and introduce the student to the theory and practice of student personnel work as a profession.

CSP 6033: Theory and Practice in College Student Personnel

This is an introductory course in college student development theory. Students will be provided with a foundation to understand student development theory and how to apply it in a practical way in their work with college students.

CSP 6043: American College Student

An overview of the literature and research on American college students. After reviewing the literature on student transition to college, student collegiate experiences, student development in college, and college impact on students, the focus will be on effective institutional policies and practices in enhancing positive student college experiences, learning, and other desirable outcomes.

CSP 6053: Legal Issues for Professionals in College Student Personnel

This course is designed to teach a process of legal analysis. Benchmark cases will be used to illuminate basic issues. The student will be exposed to a range of administrative problems at the postsecondary level that entail legal implications. The course experiences should ultimately help current and prospective administrators to envision the legal dimensions of collegiate-level decision processes.

CSP 6063: Special Topics: College Student Personnel Capstone Seminar

Prerequisite: A minimum of 24 hours must be earned toward program requirements.

This capstone seminar is designed to provide graduating college student personnel students with the opportunity to discuss current issues in student affairs practice with the goal of preparing them as new professionals in the field.

CSP 6073: Counseling with College Students

An exploration of ways adults construct meaning, including intellectual, moral, and personality development. Gender and culture will be highlighted as they affect learning and development.

CSP 6083: Practicum I in College Student Personnel

Prerequisite: A minimum of 18 hours must be earned toward program requirements.

This course provides students the opportunity to participate in a supervised professional experience. The student will process, discuss, and share experiences gained during the practical internship to integrate the experiences with the student development theory.

CSP 6093: Practicum II in College Student Personnel

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CSP 6081-3.

A practical, applied course where students will participate actively in a supervised professional experience. The student is expected to process, discuss, and share experiences gained during the professional experience and to integrate those experiences with the student development theory.

CSP 6113: Research Design and Analysis

The student will learn to interpret, analyze, and evaluate research reports in professional journals and will understand the principles which underlie effective scientific investigation.

CSP 6123: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

An in-depth survey of the outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness movement and including assessment techniques, instruments selection, analysis of assessment data, and reporting of assessment findings.

CSP 6133: Ethical Leadership in Higher Education

A study of how educational policy is developed through micro and macro political elements, an examination of ethical and value issues confronting educational leaders, and a demonstration of how individual values drive ethical behavior and ethical decisions.

CSP 6143: Administration in College Student Personnel

Administration in College Student Personnel is a required course for the Masters of Science in CSP degree. The course provides an overview of the relevant theories in the management, organization, and leadership of institutions of higher education, particularly in areas of student affairs administration. Emphasis will be placed on the application of theory and knowledge to administrative practices of human resource management, financial and budgeting, and facilities management. Students will also examine student affairs units in their functional contexts, including, but not limited to, such areas as admissions, financial aid, orientation, counseling, academic advising, support services, residence life, judicial services, campus activities, greek life, multicultural and international student affairs, disability services, service learning, religious programs, and commuter and non-traditional student services.

CSP 6153: Advising Student Groups

This course is designed for Student Affairs professionals to gain an understanding of advising student groups and organizations on a college campus. The course will highlight student development theories that introduce group dynamics and student leadership. The course will review the role of the advisor, risk management, leadership development of student, practical skills and techniques that will assist in the formation of new student groups, and will provide valuable resources to help future college administrators with their role as a leader of a student group/organization.

CSP 6163: Academic Advising

This course will provide an overview of the foundations of academic advising as an essential component of student success and retention programs at higher education institutions. The course will focus on advising models, application, and best practices in delivery of advising models.

CSP 6173: Career Advising

Offered: At least once/academic year.

This elective CSP course will provide an overview of the foundations of career advising. Students will learn career development theories, career advising interventions and practices, career assessment and planning tools, and sources of career information and technology designed to assist individuals and groups in lifelong career and lifestyle planning.

CSP 6881,6882,6883: Special Problems (Workshop) for College Student Personnel

Special Problems (Workshop) in CSP is an elective course that will provide a study of contemporary issues or problems associated with the field of student affairs and higher education in general. Students will explore these issues, the impact they have on the field of student affairs, and to be introduced to best practices that can be applied to address the issues from a developmental point of view.

Note: Since the topic for the workshop will vary each time offered, a student can repeat this course, earning a maximum number of six (6) graduate hours of credit.

CSP 6893: Independent Study

Open to graduate students who wish to pursue individual study or investigation of some facet of knowledge which complements the purpose of the University's graduate program. Students will be required to plan their studies and prepare formal written reports of their findings.

Note: The selected topic may not constitute any duplication of study leading to the accomplishment of a thesis.