Higher Education in Student Affairs - Curriculum

Our curriculum and courses help you become an effective student affairs practitioner. You will take core courses, such as theories of college student development and multicultural issues in student affairs. There's also room for electives [PDF], such as public policy in higher education and leadership studies, depending on your area of interest.

Learning how to apply theory to practice and developing skills and competencies that relate directly to your career are key objectives of our curriculum. Working with diverse populations is emphasized, as threads of social justice and diversity issues permeate throughout all of your courses.

A practicum is required. Our students have shadowed the president of North Shore Community College, facilitated weekly support groups for international students at the University of New Hampshire, participated in resident assistant selection at Salem State University, and more.

Regardless of your professional goals, we help you choose a tailored, meaningful work experience. The greater Boston area offers many practica sites, and our graduates have used their practica to develop specific competencies and network with area professionals.

Practicum Spotlight

Victoria Pasciuto, a 2006 graduate, shadowed the president of North Shore Community College. Wanting to get a basic understanding of college functions and responsibilities as seen from the president's office, Victoria experienced so much more. Victoria planned a student luncheon dialogue with Senator John Kerry and co-host Congressman John Tierney. She even went to the White House, accompanying the president of North Shore Community College to a New England Council Annual Meeting, to see first-hand how politics happen.

"This practicum was a wonderful compliment to my coursework," said Victoria. "Such an opportunity teaches lessons one cannot learn in a classroom or from a textbook."