HUMAN STUDIES COURSES (HMST)

The following courses are available to students who entered St. Mary's before August 2010, and who need them to satisfy the Human Studies Major, which is only available to individuals who matriculated prior to that time.

HMST 197, 297, 397, 497. Directed Research in Human Studies (1-4E)
Under the direct supervision of a faculty member, a student participates in laboratory or field research. A learning contract that specifies the research goals and methodology must be filed with the Office of the Registrar. A maximum of four credit hours of directed research in human studies (397 or 497 only) may be applied to major requirements in human development or human studies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Learning contract filed in the Office of the Registrar. Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.
HMST 201. Research Methods in Human Studies (4S)

An examination of methods of data collection and analysis used in human studies, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, naturalistic observation, surveys, interviews, case studies, and ethnographic fieldwork. It is highly recommended that students take a statistics course either prior to or concurrent with enrollment in this course. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and either SOCI 101 or ANTH 101. Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.

HMST 393. Fieldwork Experience (2-8F)

This course provides a field experience in a setting relevant to human studies, such as a social service agency, school, or health care organization. Allows for hands-on experience in a community context. Prerequisites: HMST 201 and junior standing. Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.

HMST 398, 498. Off-campus Internship (4-16E)

A variety of off-campus experiential learning opportunities can be arranged through the Career Development Center. The off-campus internship is an individually designed experience that allows the student to explore the relation between learning in the classroom and the practical application of knowledge in everyday work situations. All interns are required to maintain regular contact with the faculty supervisor. Interns placed at sites in Southern Maryland will meet this requirement through attendance at a scheduled seminar. Prerequisite: Admission to the Internship Program. (See “Internships” under “Academic Policies” section.) Credit/no credit grading. May not be used to fulfill requirements for the psychology major. (Consult with the Career Development Center.) Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.

HMST 490. Senior Seminar in Human Studies (4E)

An investigation of selected topics in the field of human studies. Issues for study and analysis will vary. Each student is responsible for the preparation of a major research paper or project. Prerequisites: HMST 201 and senior standing. Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.

HMST 493/494. St. Mary’s Project (1-8E)

The project, which may take many forms, draws on and extends knowledge, skills of analysis, and creative achievement developed through previous academic work. The student initiates the project, identifies an area to be explored, and proposes a method of inquiry appropriate to the topic. The project should include a reflection on the social context, the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which it is a contribution. It must be shared with the College community through posters, presentations, or other means. With the approval of the department, this requirement may be satisfied by completing eight credit hours of the St. Mary’s Project in any discipline or cross-disciplinary study area. The project is supervised by a faculty mentor, appointed by the department chair. This course is repeatable for up to a total of eight credit hours. Prerequisite: Approval of faculty mentor and department chair of the student’s major(s). Consult faculty mentor for project guidelines. Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.

HMST 199, 299, 399, 499. Independent Study (1-4E)

This course consists of an independent creative or research project designed by the student and supervised by a human studies faculty member. The nature of the project, the schedule for accomplishment, and the means of evaluation must be formalized in a learning contract prior to registration. (See “Independent Study” under “Academic Policies” section.) Permission of instructor or coordinator of Human Studies required for admission.