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This specialty area is for students interested in building healthy and well-functioning communities. They may do so through public service (e.g., AmeriCorps, Peace Corps) or as a career following graduate study in an appropriate field such as public health, public policy, law, rehabilitation, psychology, social welfare, and medicine. It provides opportunities for learning and service to better understand and make a difference with important community problems and goals (e.g., substance abuse, violence, education, child and youth development, independent living of people with disabilities, well-being of older adults).
This specialty area is for students interested in working with people with developmental disabilities The courses teach observing and defining behavior; increasing appropriate and decreasing inappropriate behavior; developing relationships; counseling; legal and ethical issues; and experimental design.
This specialty area is for students interested in careers for which research and conceptual skills are prerequisites (e.g., science, technology, data analysis) and for students interested in graduate school in the behavioral sciences (e.g., behavior analysis, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral neuroscience) or for professional training (e.g., allied health, pharmacology, medicine).
This specialty area is for students interested in studying young children and understanding the conditions that promote their healthy development. It includes courses in behavior analysis, child development, curriculum development, parenting, and others that address issues relating to young children. This area is relevant for students interested in working with young children in home, educational, community-based, hospital, or other therapeutic settings.
This specialty area is for students who want to work with children and adolescents who may be involved formally or informally with the juvenile justice system. It includes courses addressing issues such as juvenile law, developing relationships. Counseling and problem-solving, behavioral contracting, and other techniques used when working with school-aged children and adolescents.