After a year of being available to students, the IU School of Education’s first non-teaching major continues to grow significantly and provide students like Jee Yoon Park and Ashlyn Roy a chance to serve through their future careers.
The major, a B.S.Ed. in Counseling and Student Services (CASS), aims to teach students how to communicate, understand diversity, equity and inclusion and listen and help, according to Jesse Steinfeldt, Associate Professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology and coordinator of the major. Students in the degree program are able to choose between two tracks, the Counseling Psychology track and the Higher Education and Student Affairs track.
Park was working toward a major in psychology and minor in counseling, but jumped at the chance to add a double major in CASS when the program was added: “The counseling courses I have taken all are informative and collaborative, with people being able to talk about their own experiences or views about certain topics. I also love that the counseling course and instructors all find multiculturalism important and take multicultural issues seriously, as it is a very important topic for me personally,” she added.
Park hopes to go to graduate school for Counseling Psychology and eventually earn her Ph.D. While she originally wanted to be a practitioner rather than a researcher in the field, she recently started getting interested in research.