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HIED 66653: College Student Development

Catalog Description:

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of theories related to the development of college students. Through reading, discussion, reflection and research, students will co-construct knowledge and increased understanding of the complexities of student development and the application of these theories in post-secondary education. Specific attention will be given to considering how sex, gender, racial-ethnic heritage, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability and social class contribute to the identity development of college students.


In my College Student Development course, I learned about a myriad of identity development, psycho-social development, and typology theories that have helped me in my work with students already. Besides the typological theories I use daily in the career development office, I also learned about the many student development stage and progression theories. Morality and identity development theories have also been particularly helpful in my work within the residence halls, and as a student conduct officer.


Upon successful completion of the course, class participants will:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychosocial, cognitive-structural, person-environment, and typological theories of student development in higher education;
  • Understand a diversity of identity dimensions contributing to the development of college students (i.e. race, age, sexuality, social class, dis/ability, gender);
  • Analyze the application of diverse developmental theories to student affairs practice in colleges and universities;
  • Analyze one's own development in relation to theory; and
  • Apply developmental theory to student interactions and program development in higher education.