Central Michigan University's College of Education and Human Services will offer a leadership in student affairs minor beginning next fall. The 21-credit-hour, career-focused program is designed to develop skills in the professional area of developing college students.
"Student affairs is not a career kids make believe and play," Anne Hornak, department chair of educational leadership said. "Students find this field through profound undergraduate experiences and mentors in areas such as residence life, student activities and career services."
Eric Buschlen, educational leadership faculty, was key in developing the program and serves as the adviser. He says the program helps students who have had impactful experiences with mentors and campus leaders. It will strengthen their own foundation of helping skills and social justice as the program is built on 10 professional competencies that drive the student affairs profession.
"This minor also seamlessly connects to CMU's master's in higher education degree," said Buschlen. "If a student stacks his or her classes in the appropriate way, he or she could be done with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years. This will get them into a career that much faster."
Rochester Hills sophomore Michael Greco is the first student to enroll in the leadership in student affairs minor. His experience with CMU's Office of Residence Life inspired him to seek a position where he can interact directly with students to create an environment for them to learn, live and lead.
"I chose this minor because the variety of classes will help me have a positive influence on CMU during my final two years as I prepare for my professional career, and it will enhance my leadership skills by providing valuable experience in the student affairs realm," Greco said.
Students interested in learning more about the minor are encouraged to visit http://cmich.ly/StuAffairs.