Summer 2015 Human Development Classes

The summer schedule of classes won’t be published until December 1st, but we’ve got your sneak peek right here. All classes are offered online, unless otherwise specified.

Hum Dev 210 Introduction to Human Development
Hum Dev 302 Developmental Research Methods (Hybrid TR 9-12:20 during 6/22-7/17)
Hum Dev 331 Infancy and Early Childhood
Hum Dev 332 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
Hum Dev 344 Dying, Death, and Loss (MTWR 5-7:50 during 5/26-6/19)
Hum Dev 350 Developmental Psychobiology
Hum Dev 353 Family Development
Comm Sci 205 Social Science Statistics
Psych 417 Psychology of Cognitive Processes
Psych 435 Abnormal Psychology

Summer registration begins January 14th.

Internship Interview

Ashley Schueller

Ashley Schueller (’14) answers some questions about her afterschool program internship sponsored by Dr. Jenell Holstead.

1. What internship are you doing?
I am interning at Eisenhower Elementary school through the YMCA.

2. What kinds of things do you get to do for your internship?

I work with third graders and we do a few different things. We first do a power zone that gets the kids moving. I personally like to get involved as much as I can during power zone because I have found that the kids are more active if I am involved. We then eat dinner, which is one of my favorite times of the day because I am able to talk to the children and ask them questions about their life and what’s new with them. I believe that building a relationship with them is crucial to seeing them succeed and I want that for all of them. We also work on homework, reading, and generally do a fun activity that involves learning, such as a craft or thinking activity. At the end of the night we have free choice where I sit with the kids and color, play games, jump rope, or play basketball while they wait for their parents to arrive.

3. How do you think your internship relates to what you have learned in your classes?
It relates to many things I have learned because I am working with children that come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. Each child is unique and different in their own way and each one presents you with the challenge to understand them for who they are. You can react to one child a certain way, but that doesn’t work for all of them. The classes prepare you for what you will see, but the internship gives you the situations in which you apply that knowledge.

4. What advice would you give to a student who’s never done an internship before?
I would recommend applying for an internship that is relatable to what you plan to do after graduation. If you are doing an internship where you are not getting valuable experience, find one that will allow you to get the experience you need. Internships can be overwhelming at times but you walk away knowing so much more than you thought you would. I have learned a lot about personalities working with this group of kids. They throw something new at you every day which only prepares you for your future. Sometimes it’s tough to get through the day, but as you walk away you realize, “hey, I just learned how to handle a situation like that if I ever encounter that again.” I love my internship because it gives me the hands on experience I need to succeed in my future career.
Are you interested in doing an internship? Click here for more information or ask your adviser.

Guide to HUM DEV Section Numbers

0800/0801 = Online class offered through the department. Open to all students.

1200 = Online class offered through Adult Degree. Don’t register for this section unless you’re in the Adult Degree program.

1800 = Online class offered through Adult Degree, but this section is open to traditional students. There are very limited seats open and you will need to wait list to get in.  The waitlist will run automatically on 12/2/14.  If you are on the waitlist within the number of seats (e.g., #4 on the waitlist with 5 possible seats), you will automatically be enrolled in the course.

Please contact me ( or your adviser if you have any questions on this.

Sociology/Anthropology Course Options for Spring 2015

Registration is just around the corner! If you are on the 2013-14 catalog or earlier, here are your sociology/anthropology course options for next semester:

-Anthro 304 Family, Kin, and Community (online with adult degree, limited seats open for non-adult degree)

-Anthro 320 Myth, Ritual, Symbol, and Religion (online with adult degree, limited seats open for non-adult degree)

-DJS 325 Law and Society*

-FNS 360 Women and Gender in First Nation Communities*

-Hum Dev 346 Culture, Development, and Health* (wouldn’t be able to doublecount as another Human Development course requirement)

-Socio 303 Race and Ethnic Relations

-Socio 404 Criminology*

*For all of the courses with an asterisk, you would need to complete a course substitution form to get the course to count as your socio/anthro course. To do this, go to the Registrar’s website–>forms–>course substitution form. In the form, you would say that you would like to substitute [give name of course] for the socio/anthro requirement.  You would send this form to me after you have successfully registered for the course.

Please contact me ( if you have any questions about this.

Welcome Professor Muraco

Professor Joel Muraco is our newest faculty member in Human Development.  Here’s some information from him so you can get to know him better.

I was born in Tucson, Arizona, but spent my childhood in Morrisville, Pennsylvania which is directly across the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey. When I was 12 my family moved back to Tucson where I have resided since.

After high school I attended the University of Arizona where I earned my B.A. (2008) in English and Creative Writing and a B.S. (2008), M.S. (2012), and Ph.D. (2014) in Family Studies and Human Development. As a researcher I study romantic relationships, the lived experiences of gay and lesbian individuals, and the intersection of the two, which is where most of my scholarly attention focuses.

I am the middle child and one of three boys. My older brother has three beautiful daughters, ages 6, 8, and 9. My partner Eddie and I have been together over 5 years and have a dog and two cats together. He is still in Tucson finishing up pharmacy school at the University of Arizona.

In my spare time I like to take my dog, a Parson Russell Terrier named Kahlan (KK for short), for walks. I also enjoy bike riding, skiing, and good books, movies, and food.

Joel Second

UW-Green Bay