Student Personnel-Graduate (SPA)

SPA 501. Foundations in Student Affairs Administration. (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the field of student affairs administration as they examine the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of the profession. The current nature of the work student affairs professionals perform, the skills and competencies required for the profession as outlined in the ACPA/NASPA competencies documents, and professional standards of the profession will be addressed. Students interested in athletic administration have the opportunity to explore this aspect as well.

SPA 506. Group Dynamics and Culturally Responsible Leadership. (3 Credits)

This course applies concepts of small task-oriented group communication to the life and vocation experiences of participants, emphasizing servant-leadership skills.
Prerequisite: SPA 501*.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 515. Educational Research Methods. (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to equip professionals for understanding and conducting applied research in higher education. Students will demonstrate knowledge of research purpose and design, and they will be prepared to conduct an educational research study after the development of a literature review, methodology, and research proposal.

SPA 520. The Diverse College Student. (3 Credits)

Students from various generational, social, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are entering college in ever increasing numbers. This course studies the impact these students have on the campus environment and how we as professionals should evaluate what students need in order to succeed and become globally-minded citizens. Using our own ethical foundations, student affairs professionals will learn how to incorporate social justice and inclusion competencies into their personal practice. This will be accomplished through the further exploration of theories and models that help facilitate the diver college student’s holistic development.
Prerequisite: SPA 501*.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 525. Program Planning and Assessment. (3 Credits)

This course examines the various aspects of program planning and specifically focuses on the role and practical applications of assessment as an essential tool in an effective and comprehensive student affairs program.
Prerequisite: SPA 501*.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 530. Organizational Leadership & Governance in Higher Ed. (3 Credits)

This course examines colleges and universities as organizations and the leadership and administration of this type of organization. Current theories of organizational behavior and governance will be reviewed applying this theory to real and hypothetical situations.
Prerequisite: SPA 501*.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 535. Law & Policy in Higher Education. (3 Credits)

Student affairs professionals are increasingly dealing with issues that not only involve institutional policies, but also have legal and ethical implications. The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of those legal, ethical, and policy issues facing departments in student affairs. To assist in this understanding, an overview of legal and ethical concepts will be presented, followed by an examination of legal, ethical, and policy issues as they relate to the major functional areas within student affairs.
Prerequisites: SPA 502* or 802.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 565. Current Topics Seminar. (3 Credits)

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recognizes 45 functional areas within the field of student affairs. The SPAHE program requires the student to take 3 one credit courses in Current Topics in Student Affairs, which allows the program to meet student interests in a specific functional area of student affairs, quickly address contemporary hot topics in the field, and/or explore topics/issues in greater detail than can be accomplished by a general curriculum.

SPA 591. Experiential Learning for the Aspiring Student Affairs Professional. (3 Credits)

This course provides aspiring student affairs professionals the opportunity to intentionally apply theoretical principals they have learned up to this point in the program to their student affairs area of interest. A minimum of 150 hours is required to be completed under the supervision of a site supervisor and the course instructor. During this course, the student will also compile a portfolio which will illustrate their understanding and competency of the Global Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes met throughout the program.

SPA 592. Experiential Learning for the Current Student Affairs Professional. (3 Credits)

This course provides current student affairs professionals the opportunity to intentionally apply theoretical principals they have learned up to this point in the program to their particular student services profession. A minimum of 150 hours is required to be completed under the supervision of a site supervisor and the course instructor. During this course, the student will also compile a portfolio which will illustrate their understanding and competency of the Global Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes met throughout the program.

SPA 596. Internship I. (3 Credits)

This course provides the opportunity to begin exploring the relating of student personnel administrative theory to the applied student service profession. The placement will be made in an appropriate student service setting under the direction of the program director. A minimum of 150 hours for the internship is required.
Prerequisites: SPA 501, 506, 520 and 535.

SPA 600. Thesis for Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. (3 Credits)

This course gives the SPAHE student an opportunity to produce and defend a thesis under the supervision of a SPAHE faculty member. This is a process‐oriented course that integrates reading, research, writing, and an oral presentation. The student will form a thesis committee of 3 members but primarily work with the thesis committee chair. The student will carry out a research project on a student affairs topic of the student’s interest and defend the thesis before the student’s thesis committee. The thesis is expected to conform to appropriate standards of scholarship and the final product will be organized under a five chapter model.
Prerequisite: SPA 515*.
* May be taken concurrently.

SPA 601. Capstone for Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. (3 Credits)

This course provides an opportunity to examine a range of problems in student personnel administration. Work will be structured to meet individual needs and problems of participants.
Prerequisites: SPA 515 and 596*.
* May be taken concurrently.