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Undergraduate
Education

Multidisciplinary Studies in
Education and Human Services

The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Program at WVU College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) offers you the opportunity to design your own program of study tailored to develop the knowledge and skills to help you get the career you want. Develop a breadth of knowledge in your chosen career path by choosing from our array of minors, as well as minors available across campus. The MDS Program emphasizes flexibility and problem solving and helps students learn to use specialized knowledge from individual disciplines to analyze problems from divergent perspectives.

An MDS student at CEHS will choose three minor areas (two must be from CEHS) and must demonstrate how these fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. For example, a student interested in a career working with home/community services for children and adults might choose minors in disability studies, special education, and family and youth studies. MDS students participate in a capstone during their final semester, incorporating their three disciplines into a senior project, presentation, and paper.

Successful completion of the Bachelor in Multidisciplinary Studies (BMDS) in the College of Education and Human Services, does not lead to certification or licensure in any state. 

Admission Requirements

Hours required to complete major: 120
G.P.A. Required: 2.5
Math Requirement: Math 121 (or higher)

General Requirements:

  • Two minors must be from the College of Education and Human Services
  • A grade of “C” or better required in all minors courses
  • Successful completion of the Capstone course with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA


CEHS Minors

Child Development and Family Studies (U081) – 18 HRS.

This minor prepare individuals to work with children and their families in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

Disability Studies (U093) – 15 HRS.

This minor explores the role of disability in society today and how society’s concept of normalcy has shaped perceptions of disability. Students explore and critically examine the historical and legal treatment of people with disabilities and acquire an awareness and understanding of the role of disability in today’s society. Through studying the emergence of disability culture and the disability rights movement, students come to appreciate the concepts of acceptance, inclusion, integration, independence, and productivity as they apply to individuals with disabilities and society at a large.

Early Intervention (U127) – 15 HRS.

Early childhood intervention is a support and educational system for very young children who have been victims of, or who are at high risk for child abuse and/or neglect. The mission of early childhood intervention is to assure that families who have young at-risk children receive resources and support that assist them in maximizing their children’s physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

Family and Youth (U103) – 18 HRS.

The family and youth minor will prepare individuals
to work with families and young people. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

Human Services (U112) – 15 HRS.

A minor in human services meets the increasing need of public and private sector employers for paraprofessionals. Students who complete a minor in human services may be employed through public agencies, hospitals, government-sponsored housing or clinics, and some criminal justice offices. Graduates will be prepared to work in social services, mental health and substance abuse agencies, or in other related positions under the guidance of counselors, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.

Infant and Toddler (U102) – 19 HRS.

This minor prepares individuals to work with infants and toddlers in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers, as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

Special Education (U128) – 15 HRS.

This minor not only attracts students who want to enhance their overall skills in teaching and/or who are considering a career in special education, but also in related services or other professions involving children and youth with disabilities. This non-licensure minor includes courses focused on foundations of special education in contemporary society, strategies for different instruction, assessment practices, transition planning and methods for promoting academic achievement, and positive behavior for students with disabilities.

Possible CEHS Minor Combinations 
and Possible Career Paths


CHILD/FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Case Manager (children of migrant workers, geriatric population)
    Child Development/Family Studies, Early Intervention OR Special Education,TESL
  • Youth Worker
    Family and Youth, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology
  • Group Home Worker
    Family and Youth, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology
  • Youth Counselor/Recreation Program
    Child Development/Family Studies, Family and Youth, Adventure Sports, Leadership/Athletic Coaching
  • Child Abuse Worker
    Family and Youth, Infant and Toddler, Sociology
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
    Family and Youth, Special Education, Sociology


ADULT SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Social Work Assistant/Residential Manager
    Human Services, Family and Youth, Business Administration
  • Social Service Liaison
    Family and Youth, Human Services, Leadership Studies, Communication Studies PR
  • Residential Counselor
    Family and Youth, Human Services, Leadership Studies or Communication Studies
  • Adult Day Care Worker
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Strength and Conditioning, Gerontology certificate
  • Assisted Living/Activities Director
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Group Fitness, Strength and Conditioning
  • Hospice Worker
    Human Services, Family and Youth, Religious Studies
  • Case Monitor/Parole Officer
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Sociology
  • Probation Officer
    Human Services, Family and Youth, Sociology


HOME/COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

  • Birth to Three Intervention Specialist
    Early Intervention, Disability Studies, Infant and Toddler
  • Adult Disabilities Services Specialist
    Special Education, Disability Studies, Human Services
  • Family Support Specialist
    Special Education, Disability Studies, Family and Youth Studies
  • Special Recreation Director
    Special Education, Disability Studies, and Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Communication Studies


ADVOCACY AND POLICY WORK

  • Child Advocate
    Human Services, Child Development/Family Studies, Political Science
  • Disability Advocate
    Special Education, Disability Studies, Law and Legal Studies
  • Disability Policy Analyst
    Special Education, Disability Studies, Political Science
  • Lobbyist
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Law and Legal Studies, American Politics


COMMUNITY PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

  • Community Outreach (Health)
    Human Services, Family and Youth, Health Promotions
  • Non-Profit Manager
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Leadership Studies, Professional Writing and Editing
  • Program Director
    Human Services, Family and Youth, Business Administration
  • Grant Writer
    Human Services, Disability Studies, Professional Writing/Editing

Note: The Gerontology Certificate may enhance your chosen minors; however, it does not fulfill a minor requirement. 


For more information, please contact the  CEHS Office of Student Success:
Phone: 304-293-2169
E-mail: 
CEHSadvising@mail.wvu.edu