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FAMS 160

The Family in Perspective

3 s.h.

An analysis of family living as product of culture, philosophy, and time. Relationships of families to other systems such as work, education, government, and religion are studied. Opportunity to understand this social experience through an examination of past and present families in other cultures and American.  (LA,S2)


FAMS180 Orientation to Family Research
1 sh

This one semester hour course is an orientation to scholarly writing for students in the field of Child and Family Studies. Students will learn to identify, collect, comprehend, analyze, synthesize and integrate scholarly research and complete a literature review in an area of Child and Family Studies. Emphasis will be placed on the use of APA in citing and reviewing scholarly research.


FAMS 205

Marriage, Family & Sexual Relationships

3 s.h.

A study of important issues in marriage and family relations. Consideration of the dynamics of mate selection, psychosexual integration, marital adjustment, parenthood, and effective family living. A study of human sexuality includes physiology of human sexuality and reproduction, social development, interpersonal relationships, sexual orientation, sexual dysfunction and interpersonal relationships.  (LA, S2)


FAMS 220

Human Relations & Sexuality

3 s.h.

This course will examine sexual development, human reproduction, sexual functioning, and acquisition of gender identity in the context of family and interpersonal relationships.  This course will also focus on the exploration of human sexuality over the life cycle.


FAMS 250 Group Work in Human Services
3 sh

This course will help students develop an understanding of how to establish and facilitate therapeutic, educational and support groups in the human services fields. Class sessions will include lectures, discussions, simulations, role-plays, and experiential exercises. Course will be offered once per year or as needed.
Prerequisites: SoS; FAMS 160 or SOCL 100 or PSYC 100.


FAMS 264

Adulthood & Aging

3 s.h.

A study of adulthood and aging, the losses and the gains for young adults, middle adults, and late adults in the family. Covers idea of “well aging,” “frail aging,” and the importance of family caretakers.
Prerequisite: FAMS 160 or 3 s.h. of social science  (LA)


FAMS 266

Adult Family Members in Transition

3 s.h.

Study of the adult as s/he voluntarily or involuntarily changes roles. Attention will be given to the physiological, educational, social, and psychological development of adults in contemporary society.
Prerequisite: FAMS 160 or 3 s.h. of social science  (LA)


FAMS 320

Addictions: Family Impact

3 s.h.

This course emphasizes the role of human service professionals in the prevention and treatment of substance use and abuse. The history, classification, and impacts of varying submstances will be discussed from a systems perspective. Models of addiction, assessment, and methods of treatment/prevention will be explored, including impacts of substance abuse and use on children, families, society and culturally and ethnically diverse groups. Course will typically be offered once per year or as needed.

Prerequisites: JrS, FAMS160 "C" or better or SOCL100 "C" or better or PSYC100 "C" or better


FAMS 360

Family in the Home & Community

3 s.h.

A study of the influence of family, home, and community on an individual’s personality, values, and attitude. Particular attention is directed to changing ethics, sexuality, and personal growth.
Prerequisites: FAMS 160 and CHLD 170 and 9 s.h. 200-level social science  (LA)


FAMS 361

American Families in Poverty

3 s.h.

The course studies the influence of socioeconomic status of family life. The focus is to help students develop an understanding of poverty and the issues that families living below the poverty line face within this culture. Other social problems as they relate and are influenced by poverty are discussed, as well as programs and policies to help families, Students complete a written reaction paper, a research paper and policy paper on family life and poverty, and essay exam questions.
Cross-listed as ALS 361
Prerequisites: FAMS 160 or PSYC100 or SOCL100 or ALS100 and 9 s.h. 200 level social science  (LA, WS2)


FAMS 362

Issues in Family Life Education

3 s.h.

This course is designed as a capstone course to help students gain better understanding of philosophy and theory of family life education. Emphasis is placed on principles of research, program planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as trends and ethics of the profession.
Cross-listed as ALS 362
Prerequisite: FAMS160 and CHLD 170 amd 9 s.h. upper division CFS courses   (LA)


FAMS 363

Professional Practice in Child & Family Studies

3 s.h.

This course will cover a variety of topics of interest to those students anticipating a career in child and family services or related social sciences; including ethical practices; professional demeanor; burn-out; advocacy; and collaboration to name a few. An understanding of the nature of the human service profession; and the ability to critically examine ethical and professional questions and issues will be explored.Prerequisite: JrS




Child Courses
CHLD 170

The Child in the Family

3 s.h.

This course covers a base knowledge of the child in the biosocial, psychological, cognitive areas of development from prenatal stages until adolescence in the context of the family setting. The institution of the family and its impact on development of the child is the major focus. Students are required to observe and interact with children in a lab setting.  (LA)


CHLD 271

Cognitive Development of Preschool Child

3 s.h.

Examination of ideas and research in cognitive development of the child from birth to school age. Laboratory experience with children from two to five years of age.
Prerequisites: CHLD 170 and 3 s.h. PSYC


CHLD 272

Parent Education

3 s.h.

This course studies the parent education from an interdisciplinary approach including the role of parents, the process of parenting, and parental rights and responsibilities. Ways are identified to help professionals working with children and families enhance a child's development within a systems perspective. Diversity within families and parenting practices are discussed. There is a focus on methodology, program evaluation, and ways to collaborate between social systems.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170, or PSYC 240 or EPSY 240  (LA)


CHLD 274

Socialization Processes in Child & Adolescents

3 s.h.

Course will cover the process by which children learn the ways of a given society or social group so they can function within it. Emphasis will be given to the major subcultures in our society.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170, or PSYC 240 or EPSY 240  (LA)


CHLD 276

Self-Emotional Development in a Cultural Context

3 s.h.

Course covers the emergence of self-concepts and identity within a multicultural environment. Emphasis is given to the methods of enhancing self-concept and affection, especially as they influence the socialization processes. The transition from family to broader social settings is discussed.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170, or PSYC 240 or EPSY 240  (LA)


CHLD 277

Children in Crisis

3 s.h.

This course addresses the changing nature of American culture and how these changes have created a crisis for our children or put them at risk. Issues such as poverty , hunger, violence, abuse and neglect, foster care, teen pregnancy, health needs, and educational inequities are examined.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170  (LA)


CHLD 350 Working with At-Risk Youth
3 sh

This course addresses the needs of youth who are at-risk in their family and communities. Topics to be covered include mental
health disorders, behavioral disorders, substance use and abuse, depression, and suicidal ideation. Risk and protective factors that youth experience will also be explored, as well as treatment and intervention strategies. Prerequisites: JrS and CHLD 170 or FAMS 160 or SOCL 100 or PSYC 100. CHLD 373 Seminar in Child


CHLD 373

Seminar in Child Development

3 s.h.

Students will have the opportunity to integrate major theories of child development. Current issues, topics and research will be discussed. Emphasis on the practical understanding of children.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170, or PSYC 240 or EPSY 240  (LA)


CHLD 375

Development through Play

3 s.h.

This course focuses on play as the activity of childhood through which children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Theories of play are studied, along with influence of play on a child’s development. A life span perspective is taken to examine the role of play and playful learning within our culture.
Prerequisite: CHLD 170, or PSYC 240 or EPSY 240  (LA)


CHLD 376

Infant/Toddler Education

3 s.h.

Covers program planning and implementation based on the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of infants and toddlers and their families. Includes actual experiences with infants/toddlers.
Prerequisites: CHLD 170 or EPSY 240 or PSYC 240  (LA)

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