Diversity

Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for its students and to nurturing a learning environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

Human Development and Family Studies Programs on Diversity

Many HDFS faculty members conduct research primarily on diversity in human development. Students interested in gaining experience in research settings are encouraged to review the interests of faculty members. Faculty members may have opportunities for undergraduate involvement in their research and should be contacted for more information.

College of Health and Human Development Programs on Diversity

Penn State Programs on Diversity

Links to Sites for Reporting Discrimination or Acts of Intolerance

PSU Student Services and Resources and PSU Tutoring Services(report provided by the HDFS Diversity Committee--pdf file)

Courses Focusing on Understanding Cultures

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to enhancing cultural competence, the ability to understand and function within cultures other than your own. To this end, all undergraduates are required to take one course with a focus on U. S. cultures and one course with a focus on international cultures. To enhance the competitiveness of HDFS majors in dynamic job markets, the HDFS Department requires an additional course focusing on U. S. cultures.

HDFS courses fulfilling the United States Cultures (US) and International Cultures (IL) requirements are listed below:

  • HD FS 250 (US) (WMNST) SEXUAL IDENTITY OVER THE LIFE SPAN (3)
    Concepts of affectional and sexual orientation over life span, with emphasis on lesbian and gay male personal, family, and community adaptation. Prerequisite: 3 credits in HD FS or 3 credits in social or behavioral sciences
  • HD FS 287W (GS;US) INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING (3)
    An experiential introduction to negotiating differences in small groups, families, institutions, and communities.
  • HD FS 287X (GS;US) INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING (3)
    An experiential introduction to negotiating differences in small groups, families, institutions, and communities.
  • HD FS 287Y (GS;US) INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING (3)
    An experiential introduction to negotiating differences in small groups, families, institutions, and communities.
  • HD FS 315 (US) FAMILY DEVELOPMENT (3)
    Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change. Prerequisite: HD FS 129; 3 credits of social, behavioral, or human biological sciences
  • HD FS 405 (US) GENDER AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (3)
    A review of gender-related patterns of social development over the lifespan, as influenced by biological, sociological, and psychological factors. Prerequisite: HD FS 129, HD FS 312W; or 6 credits in social sciences
  • HD FS 416 (US) (SOC) RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND THE AMERICAN FAMILY (3)
    This course will explore the nature and determinants of racial and ethnic variation in family processes in the United States. Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology
  • HD FS 417 (US;IL) BIOCULTURAL STUDIES OF FAMILY ORGANIZATION (3)
    Study of variability in family organization with an emphasis on cultural and economic factors influencing household organization and family roles. Prerequisite: HD FS 129; HD FS 312W; HD FS 315or HD FS 315W; or 6 credits in sociology or anthropology
  • HD FS 424 (US) FAMILY DEVELOPMENT IN AN ECONOMIC CONTEXT (3)
    Economic conditions influencing family functioning; familial effects on the economy; strategies to enhance work-family relations. Prerequisite: HD FS 312W; HD FS 315or HD FS 315W
  • HD FS 425 (US) WORK AS A CONTEXT FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (3)
    Theory and research on role of work in adult development; interrealtionships between work and family; workplace interventions to enhance development. Prerequisite: HD FS 312W; 3 credits in social and behavioral sciences
  • HD FS 469U (IL) FAMILY CHANGE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (3)
    Exploration of how family life, quality, and structures in each region of the world are affected by the new global economy. Prerequisite: HD FS 315or SOC 030