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Courses Offered

The description of courses required for the Student Affairs in Higher Education program are listed here. For information about the curriculum check here.
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SAHE 5390 Higher Education and Student Affairs I: Organization, Administration, and Functions of Student Affairs

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, the mission, goals and program of selected functions in student affairs, and significant issues related to these functions.

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 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.

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 Working with Adult Groups

Development of skills for facilitating productivity in task-oriented goals when working with adults. Designed for student affairs professionals, this course will address issues such as: collaboration, group facilitations, conflict resolution/mediation, supervision, crisis intervention, mentoring, multicultural competency, team work, and team building.

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 Program Development and Evaluation

This course covers the theoretical bases for assessment techniques, research design, models for designing, 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 Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Development

This course is structured to provide an examination of the role of leadership in higher education through the study of leadership and organizational theory. Students will be prepared to utilize their knowledge of leadership theories and models to provide a foundation and accompanying strategies for teaching leadership to college students.

SAHE 5392 Higher Education and Student Affairs II: Leadership and Management in Student Affairs

This course covers significant issues, functions, and problems that student affairs administrators manage in their work setting which include professionalism and ethical decision-making, the role of professional organizations and associations, management and leadership theories, human resource development, governance and legal issues, finance and budgeting, and assessment and evaluations.

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.