Trauma Studies Certificate

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers an interdisciplinary Trauma Studies Certificate (TR ST) available to all Penn State Behrend students (effective fall 2015).

 

Overview

This 18-credit Trauma Studies Certificate offered at Penn State Behrend provides the core information and competencies for students interested in pursuing research and applied experiences in trauma studies. The certificate is open to all majors; students will be provided with an interdisciplinary understanding of the psychological, historical, sociocultural, political, and physiological aspects of the effects of trauma. It will also provide students a greater understanding of the unique economic, occupational, physical, medical, and interpersonal needs of those recovering from trauma. 

 

Requirements (18 credits)

 

Required courses: 6 credit hours

  • PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
  • PSYCH 442 Trauma and Resiliency - 3 credits

 

Biopsychosocial Influences on Trauma courses: 6 credit hours

  • HD FS 258 Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies - 3 credits
  • KINES 081 (GHA) Wellness Theory - 3 credits​
  • KINES 082 (GHA) Action Methods for Stress Management - 3 credits​
  • NURS 464 (US; IL) Dying and Death - 3 credits
  • PSYCH 243 (GS) Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology - 3 credits
  • SOC 012 (GS) (CRIMJ 012; CRIM 012) Criminology - 3 credits​
  • SOC 013 (GS) (CRIMJ 013) Juvenile Delinquency - 3 credits​
  • SOC 409 (US) (AF AM 409) Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America - 3 credits
  • WMNST 103 (US) (SOC 103; AF AM 103) Racism and Sexism - 3 credits​
  • WMNST 423 (US) (CRIM 423; CRIMJ 423) Sexual and Domestic Violence - 3 credits

 

Trauma in History, Literature, and Politics courses: 6 credit hours

  • CMLIT 143 (GH; US; IL) Human Rights and World Literature - 3 credits
  • HIST 121 (GH; IL) History of the Holocaust 1933-1945 - 3 credits​
  • HIST 130 (GH; US) Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 - 3 credits​
  • HIST 173 (GH; IL) Vietnam in War and Peace - 3 credits​
  • HIST 444 (US) The United States in Civil War and Reconstruction--1850-1877 - 3 credits
  • PL SC 014 (GS; IL) International Relations - 3 credits
  • PL SC 091 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies - 3 credits
  • PL SC 123 (GS; US; IL) Ethnic and Racial Politics - 3 credits
  • PL SC 132 (GS; IL) The Politics of International Intolerance - 3 credits
  • PL SC 155 Understanding Tyranny - 3 credits
  • PL SC 436 Civil Wars - 3 credits
  • PL SC 437 War in World Politics - 3 credits
  • PL SC 439 (CRIMJ 439) The Politics of Terrorism - 3 credits

 

Visit the Registrar's website to download the certificate application.

For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, Associate Professor of Psychology, at mdh33@psu.edu or 814-898-6949.