POSTSEC 3000 Exploring the Student Affairs Profession

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of student affairs practice in higher education. This course will introduce undergraduate students to the field of student affairs in the context of higher education. The complex and diverse roles and functions served by student affairs professionals in American higher education are included in this course. Student affairs professionals are educators concerned with the intellectual, social, psychological, spiritual, aesthetic and physical development of the wide range of types of students in postsecondary education. They work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administration to foster student learning and development. The course will include introductions to: the history of the field, professional associations, institutional differences, professional and ethical standards, functional areas in higher education, student learning and developmental theory, overview of graduate preparation and current topics. The course is informed by identified values of the student affairs profession, as identified by Reason and Broido: altruism, equality, justice, human dignity, aesthetics, freedom, truth and community. (Fall and Spring)

Course details

Spring 2021
Class Nbr: 
Jan 25, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Meeting times: 
Tuesday, 6:00-8:50 PM

Course delivery

Zoom & Blackboard (eLearning)

Zoom is a desktop video conferencing system allowing for real-time interaction between instructors and students and requires access to a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a headset microphone. Blackboard is a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.


Joann Mulholland
Nicholas Mulholland

Enrollment information

Rita Gutman

Continuing and Distance Education

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