New Class for Spring: Gender and Aging

Human Development is excited to offer a new upper-level elective option for Spring! Dr. Smith will be teaching a course called “Gender and Aging” (HUM DEV 483L), and it will count as an upper-level elective for the Human Development major or minor. Please click here to read the class description to learn more about the course, and add it to your wish list today! Note that because it is a new class, a course substitution form will have to be filed next semester for it to “show up” as meeting an upper-level elective requirement in your SIS account.

Catalog Year and Course Substitution Issues

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve added a number of courses in Human Development and Psychology in recent years. Although we’re happy to bring you these new options, if the class was brand new (or didn’t exist yet!) under your “catalog year” in SIS, our lovely computer system will not automatically recognize the class as meeting a requirement that it might meet. So…here’s a list of some relatively new classes and what they “count for.”

HUM DEV 302 Developmental Research Methods: the research methods course requirement for the Human Development major (an acceptable and encouraged substitution for students from older catalog years which specify COMM SCI 301)

HUM DEV 443 Spirituality and Development
: upper-level elective for the Human Development major/minor

HUM DEV 483L Gender and Aging: upper-level elective for the Human Development major/minor

PSYCH 305 Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice: upper-level elective for the Psychology major/minor and Ethnic Studies & Writing Emphasis class for General Education

PSYCH 424 Psychology of Emotion: upper-level elective for the Psychology major/minor

PSYCH 483F Child Clinical Psychology: upper-level elective for the Psychology major/minor

If your major or minor was declared under the current (2010-11) or very recent catalog, then these classes may automatically slot in to fill these requirements. If not, though, you may need to ask the Human Development or Psychology chairperson to sign a course substitution form for you to get them to count. Please do not ask for those forms right now. We will deal with those paperwork requests or issues during the Spring semester once we have a stable list of actual enrollments for these classes. 

A New Car or a New Course Format? The Hybrids are Here

No, it’s not the latest high-mileage vehicle out of Detroit, but it is a new vehicle for delivering some of our courses. The hybrids are here. Human Development and Psychology are excited to bring you the opportunity to take some classes in the Spring in a combined in-person/Internet fashion. These classes must meet in person at least twice during the term, and they may meet much more often than that. The rest of the course will be “delivered” on-line. We are assured that this new format should be included within the “tuition plateau” for full-time students, and we hope you will take advantage of these new options. We will be assessing how they go during the Spring to help us make decisions about offering them in the future. In the meantime, please know that the following courses will be in hybrid format for the upcoming semester:

HUM DEV 331 Infancy and Early Childhood, Section 002 ONLY
HUM DEV 345 Human Sexuality, Sections 001 & 002
HUM DEV 346 Culture, Development, and Health, Section 001
HUM DEV 424 Creative and Critical Thinking, Section 001
PSYCH 417 Psychology of Cognitive Processes, Section 001
PSYCH 429 Theories of Personality, Sections 001 & 002

Interested in a Research or Teaching Assistantship, Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads

If you’re interested in research or teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work, you should check out the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads, a website where faculty can post these opportunities. This is a particularly good time to look because most faculty members are looking for their spring semester assistants right now. Keep in mind that not all professors will post openings on the website, so if you don’t see someone listed, you may want to visit the faculty links on the Human Development and Psychology websites, see if that person indicates he/she usually works with RAs or TAs, and then email the individual to express your interest.   

To visit the Want Ads website click here. Don’t forget, though, that these are just internal positions, and the PRO System  through Career Services is where your job search should start. We also have very few internal internship positions. Your internship search might also involve PRO and the list of some of our past internships, but it should begin by making sure you meet pre-requisites and by talking with a faculty member.

Service Learning In the Middle East

Another exciting option for Human Development students is the new travel course to Jordan this summer.  Students will spend three weeks in Amman, Jordan, learning about Arabic and Middle Eastern culture and history, especially as experienced by children.  Students will participate in hands-on learning as they volunteer at one of four organizations that serve children and teens.  The trip runs from May 24–June 14 and costs about $3200.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Jill White or the Office of International Education.  You might also attend the brown bag presentation: Camels, Castles and Community: Why Traveling in the Middle East is NOT Scary, on November 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Office of International Education at UWGB.

Recycling Registration Resources

We’re Eco U, so it’s with pride that we recycle these registration gems. Click on the link provided to read some of our favorite registration stories from the past – that still include great, relevant information!

Looking to speed up your graduation date?: Part II

Summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer classes. We hope that several Psychology and Human Development classes will be offered with a mixture of both traditional and online formats. Summer registration isn’t open yet, but when it does, it is open to all students, not on a priority basis depending on credit standing like during the semester. We hope the final list of summer classes will be available in December, with registration likely occurring in January. Stay tuned for more updates.

Did You Know…?

Spring Graduates Should Apply for Graduation this Semester
Welcome to the second installment of our new feature designed to make you one of the best-informed students at UWGB. Did you know…there is an application process for graduation? A little more than a semester before you intend to graduate, you need to complete the on-line application to graduate within SIS. Doing so triggers the Registrar’s Office to conduct a degree audit to see if you have met/will meet by your graduation date all the requirements for graduation. It also probably gets you on the email distribution list that will receive important commencement information, including announcements about cap and gown, the senior resource fair, and so on. It’s important to do this early enough that you could actually be notified if you were missing a requirement before the Spring semester begins. If you are planning to graduate in May, you should apply for graduation after you register for Spring classes and by December 1st.  

Point/Counterpoint: The Library

Maybe it’s because it’s election season, or maybe it’s just because disagreement is part of the academic experience, but we’ve found that our cutting-edge journalism has led to great debate amongst the students.  For that reason, we are launching our new feature, Point/Counterpoint, where we get students to offer their opinions on controversial campus topics.  This issue, we pit two opposing perspectives on the library against each other with New Renovations and Services at the Cofrin Library Make it a Great Place to Study vs. Where is the Library?

New Renovations and Services at the Cofrin Library Make it a Great Place to Study.
I have long been a fan of the Cofrin Library, having used it as a nice spot to study for the past three years.  It’s a quiet and comfortable location for reading, setting up my laptop (or even checking out one of theirs) to get some writing done, or even getting help on a paper from one of the librarians.  However, some of the new services and renovations at the Cofrin Library have made it even better!  It seems like every year, the search databases get easier to use and make it possible to find whatever resources I’m looking for.  Plus, the new Miller Reading Room makes for a relaxed, quiet place to get through some of those extra tough readings.   

Where is the Library?
I have heard of this place called “the library” but have never actually seen it.  In fact, until recently, I was under the impression that the library was just a website where I could search for articles when my professors refused to let me use Wikipedia.  Now, I’m being told it’s actually a physical structure on campus, much like the Union (but where food and drinks are not allowed and people whisper).  Apparently, some students go there to study, and others go there to pick up books and articles that cannot be found on-line.  Anyway, if someone could just point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it.