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Courses Offered

The description of courses required for the Student Affairs in Higher Education program are listed below. For information about the curriculum click here.
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SAHE 5390 Student Affairs Functions and Professional Orientation

This course covers the history of student affairs in higher education; the context in which student affairs exists in higher education; the theories used in student affairs work and its philosophical foundations; and the mission, goals, and programs of selected functions in student affairs.

SAHE 7339 Foundations of Higher Education Administration

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the historical, philosophical, sociological, organizational, and political foundations upon which the field of higher education administration is based.

SAHE 7340 College Student Development: Theory and Practice

This course seeks to provide in-depth understanding of developmental needs and issues of college and university students, identifies ways to enhance learning by considering developmental and environmental effects, and offers practice in creating learning opportunities that consider developmental needs.

COUN 5391 Research Methods

Research, measurement, and design procedures for addressing issues in school psychology, counseling, and education. A research project is required of each student.

SAHE 5354 Basic Helping Skills

This course is an intensive role-play based experience to provide the student with the development of basic counseling, crisis assessment and referral skills. It provides didactic and experiential activities based on a general model of effective counseling to facilitate acquiring skills essential to helping within in the student affairs profession.

SAHE 5311 Advising and Facilitating Diverse Student Groups and Organizations

Designed for student affairs professionals, this course focuses on effectively advising and facilitating a diverse array of student groups and organizations.  Topics include: collaboration, group facilitation, conflict resolution/mediation, supervision, crisis intervention, mentoring, multicultural competence, teamwork, and teambuilding.

SAHE 5322 Governance and Legal Issues in Higher Education

This course provides for the identification and understanding of the legal issues, which influence institutions of higher education. There is also a focus on how postsecondary institutions are governed by Boards of Regents as well as both state and federal governments.  

SAHE 5393 The American College Student

This course is an in-depth study of the characteristics and needs of American college students and how student subcultures affect the campus environment. There is an analysis of student growth and development issues, student subcultures, and the needs and services required for student success. 

SAHE 5323 Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Evaluation in Student Affairs

This course covers the theoretical bases for assessment techniques; research design; strategic planning; developing, managing, and evaluating student affairs programs including information management and computer applications in higher education; and methods of needs analysis applicable to college student populations.

SAHE 7335 Leadership in Student Affairs

This course provides an examination of leadership in student affairs and higher education through the study of leadership and organizational theory. Additionally, the course focuses on student leadership development.  Students will be prepared to utilize their knowledge of leadership theories and models to practice leadership and develop leadership in others.

SAHE 5392 Student Affairs Capstone: The Application of Principles and Theories to Case Studies

Utilizing case study format, students examine the application of Student Affairs theories and principles to significant issues, functions, and problems that student affairs administrators manage in work settings. Topics include ethical decision-making, management and leadership problems, human resource development, governance and legal issues, finance and budgeting, and evaluation and assessment.

SAHE 5388 Internship in Student Affairs

Students will participate in two internship experiences. Each internship includes 150 clock hours in a Texas State Student Affairs or Academic Affairs department or at nearby colleges or universities.
Internship applies knowledge of student development and organizational theory in a particular student affairs area of operation with group specific activities or projects. The connection between theory and practice is emphasized. The course may be repeated up to three times. Grades on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.


Students must earn 6 hours of elective credit. Students can select elective courses from a variety of graduate-level courses offered in various departments across campus. Many students take classes in the departments of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction; Sociology; Political Science; and Communication Studies. Students also have the option of doing study abroad opportunities for elective credit.