COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION (SDA) Course Description

Note: Enrollment in SDA courses is restricted to graduate students in the CSDA program, unless given special permission by the program director.

SDA 702 Cr. 4
Student Development Theory I

Provides an analysis of student development theory within post-secondary education. This includes background information on classical theorists such as Freud and Jung. The course will analyze the theories of Piaget, Erikson, Maslow, Perry, Kohlberg, Chickering, Gilligan, Astin, Schlossberg, Holland, and Super.

SDA 703 Cr. 2
Advising and Helping Relationships

Students will explore interpersonal communication skills and various theoretical approaches relating to advising and helping relationships. The skills focus includes listening, feedback, empowering others, and group facilitation.

SDA 705 Cr. 3
Higher Education and the Student Personnel Function

An overview of higher education and the student personnel function in the United States. Four major emphases: (1) history, development, and mission of higher education, (2) organization and structure of institutions of higher education, (3) organization and structure of student development, and (4) significant issues and concerns in higher education.

SDA 708 Cr. 3
Multicultural Groups, Special Populations, and Environmental Interactions

A review of demographic groups including age, gender, ethnic, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The course will also focus on special populations including: physically challenged, traditional, non-traditional, international, student athletes, part-time and full-time students. A review of current literature and research will complement these groups including: the effects of college, satisfaction with the college experience, retention, and identity development.

SDA 710 Cr. 2
Administration in Higher Education

An introduction to the study of administration in higher education, study of governance, legal aspects of administration, personnel evaluation and supervision, budgeting, and management information systems.

SDA 715 Cr. 3
Student Development Theory II

Serves as an advanced student development course. This course will look at new/current developmental theories. In addition, there will be concentration on application of developmental theories, including tools used to assess student development based on the theories studied. Prerequisite: SDA 702.

SDA 720 Cr. 1
Current Issues in College Student Development and Administration

Current issues in College Student Personnel not covered by present SDA courses. The particular topic selected will be determined by the College Student Development and Administration faculty according to current need and interest. Repeatable for credit -maximum 3. Offered occasionally.

SDA 730 Cr. 2
Legal Issues in Student Affairs

An overview of legal issues in student affairs focusing on sources and application of educational law and the responsibilities of college student development and administration professionals.

SDA 740 Cr. 3
Organization Theory and Behavior

Areas to be studied include: group dynamics, behavioral organization, leadership, formal organizational theory, applied qualitative and quantitative research, organizational diagnosis, organizational design, organizational change, decision making and conflict resolution.

SDA 750 Cr. 3
Current Theories and Applications of Career Development

Emphasis is upon an understanding of current theories of career development and their implications for practice in a college setting. The course provides the opportunity to explore both professional and personal applications of career development theory. Offered occasionally.

SDA 761 Cr. 3-4
Research and Evaluation in College Student Development and Administration

Principles of research and evaluation in college student development and administration. Content includes an overview of research methods, statistical analysis, measurement and evaluation, and computer applications in higher education. Individuals enrolled for four credits must complete a seminar paper. Prerequisite: course work in SDA.

SDA 775 Cr. 2
Student Affairs Administrative Practicum

Practical experience in and understanding of administrative functions within student affairs under professional supervision. The training may be received on campus or at another university or agency. Emphasis is on the administrative/ management functions of the university. Specific competencies in budget management, facilities management, or personnel management may be addressed. The student will spend a minimum of ten hours per week at the site. Prerequisite: SDA 703 and SDA 705. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.

SDA 776 Cr. 2
Student Affairs Programming Practicum

Practical experience in and understanding of programming functions within student affairs under professional supervision. The training may be received on campus or at another university or agency. Emphasis is on the programming aspect of student affairs. This includes any position in which a formal event is a result of the practica, e.g., a resume-writing workshop, a leadership seminar, or an alcohol education program. The student will spend a minimum of ten hours per week at the site. Prerequisite: SDA 703 and 705. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.

SDA 781 Cr. 3
College Student Development and Administration Internship

Practical experience and training within student affairs under professional supervision. The training may be received on campus or at another university or agency. The intern will spend a minimum of 15 hours per week in the department of internship. Prerequisite: SDA 703, 705, 775, and 776.

SDA 790 Cr. 2
Capstone Seminar

A seminar format that provides an avenue for culminating and integrating the graduate program experience through case studies and the exploration and analysis of contemporary concerns in higher education and student development. To be taken during the student's final semester.

SDA 795 Cr. 1-2
Independent Study in College Student Development and Administration

Directed independent study in a selected area of college student development and administration. The study will be conducted under the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Prerequisite: approval of the program coordinator. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.

SDA 799 Cr. 2-4
Research: Master's Thesis

Independent study and completion of a thesis on a topic approved and directed by a SDA faculty member. Must complete a total of four credits. Prerequisite: SDA 761.