Global Youth Development Department
Lindsey Nichols, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Director
Housed in the Department of Counselor Education, this interdisciplinary master's degree program is designed for students who wish to engage in culturally-relevant volunteer work or paid employment in the realm of child and family assistance. It is affiliated with the United States Peace Corps as a partner school for their master's international program. Requirements include one year of full-time instruction at UM, a significant period of time engaging in internship work in an applied intercultural setting, and a final professional paper or thesis. Internships will typically be 1-2 years and will involve work in a culture other than one's own. Students participating in this program are expected to gain the following background and competencies:
- important interculturally-informed helping skills for working with youth, women, families and communities in culture other than their own
- a solid background in issues, concerns, and critiques regarding assistance and interventions across culture, both historically and currently
- the opportunity to pursue and participate in a significant field experience, working with an established helping agency in another culture or country
|Human and Family Development||Minor|
Intercultural Youth & Fam Dev
IYFD 501 - Intercultural Dev't - ICredits: 3. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. Offered autumn. Explorations of child rearing practices, parenting beliefs, and cultural variations in infancy and early child development.
IYFD 502 - Intercultural Dev't - IICredits: 3. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. Offered spring. Explorations of cultural variations in later childhood, adolescence and adulthood, with particular focus on issues such as multicultural adoption, identity, and the role of poverty.
IYFD 510 - Intercultural SkillsCredits: 2. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. Offered autumn. Focus on applied skills in two areas: crosscultural negotiation and conflict management; program development and grant writing.
IYFD 520 - Critical IssuesCredits: 2. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. Exploration of psychological, political, spiritual, ethical, and practical dimensions of offering assistance cross-culturally. This course includes discussion of ethical and personal issues related to intercultural work, gender and development, trauma, program evaluation, etc.
IYFD 595 - Special TopicsCredits: 2 TO 6. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.
IYFD 596 - Independent StudyCredits: 1 TO 6. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-6) Offered every term. Directed readings and other individualized study topics guided by faculty.
IYFD 598 - InternshipCredits: 1 TO 6. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-6) Offered every term. Introduction to service learning in applied settings, usually local.
IYFD 599 - Professional ProjectCredits: 1 TO 2. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-2) Offered every term. Final Master's project related to internship; may be presented as a grant proposal, policy analysis, or portfolio.
IYFD 698 - Intercultural InternshipCredits: 1 TO 4. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-4) Offered every term. Supervised intercultural experience through Peace Corps, VISTA, or other organization approved by program faculty.
IYFD 699 - ThesisCredits: 1 TO 2. Level: Undergraduate, Graduate. (R-2) Offered every term. Final master's thesis based on research related to internship placement.