Family and Child Studies Major, Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades P-3 (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).

FAMILIES,CHILDREN & SCHOOL SETTINGS(P-3)

Complete 36 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. FAMILY AND CHILD STUDIES CORE

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 5 courses:

      FCST 200 Introduction to Family Studies 3
      FCST 304 Research Methods for Studying Families and Children 3
      FCST 348 Individual and Family Development Over the Life Span 3
      FCST 418 Working with Diverse Families and Children 3
      FCST 445 Poverty and Families 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services 3
      FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children 3
  2. FAMILY/CHILD STUDIES CORE REQ

    Complete the following 3 courses:

    FCST 214 Child Development I 3
    FCST 314 Child Development II: Adolescence 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
  3. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 9 semester hours of any course beginning with FCST.

    FCST 100 Professional Orientation 2
    FCST 140 Family in Society 3
    FCST 141 Interpersonal Relations 3
    FCST 201 Introduction to Social Gerontology 3
    FCST 205 Women in Contemporary Society 3
    FCST 210 Introduction to Child Life 3
    FCST 215 Infant Development 3
    FCST 216 Techniques for the Study of Child Personality 3
    FCST 225 Exploring Family Diversity 3
    FCST 231 The Family in the Economic System 3
    FCST 241 Group Dynamics 3
    FCST 270 Individual Management: Theories and Strategies 3
    FCST 300 Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies 1
    FCST 301 Volunteer in the Community 2-4
    FCST 305 Death and Bereavement in the Family 3
    FCST 308 Independent Study 1-3
    FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services 3
    FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children 3
    FCST 317 Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child 3
    FCST 320 Parenting Skills and Resources 3
    FCST 322 Play in Child Life Practice 3
    FCST 325 Adult Development and Aging 3
    FCST 328 Peer Counselin 3
    FCST 329 Theories and Techniques of Group Processes 3
    FCST 331 Money Management 3
    FCST 332 Action Approaches to Personal Awareness 3
    FCST 340 Aging and Social Policy 3
    FCST 342 Family Sociology 3
    FCST 344 Challenge of Aging 3
    FCST 345 Gender in a Changing World 3
    FCST 360 Families in Later Life 3
    FCST 370 Individual and Family Problem-Solving 3
    FCST 400 Senior Seminar 3
    FCST 401 Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies 3
    FCST 408 Workshop in Family and Child Studies 1-3
    FCST 409 Internship 8-12
    FCST 411 Sibling Relationships 3
    FCST 415 Child in the Community 3
    FCST 419 Special Studies in Family and Child Services 3
    FCST 448 Family Counseling 3
    FCST 470 Family Management 3

Course Descriptions:

FCST100: Professional Orientation

Orientation to the philosophy of the profession. Field experiences in a variety of settings to provide exposure to the breadth of professional opportunities. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

FCST140: Family in Society

Provides basic insights and concepts from the social sciences to study the history and structure of the family as a basic but changing institution in modern America. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain fundamental insight into and understanding of concepts from the social sciences. Students study the history and structure of the family as a basic but changing institution in modern America. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FCST141: Interpersonal Relations

Relevant and up-to-date information about meaningful human relationships throughout the life cycle. Starting Summer 2012: Students learn about relevant and up-to-date information about meaningful human relationships throughout the life cycle. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FCST200: Introduction to Family Studies

This course examines families from historical, socio-cultural and theoretical perspectives. It focuses on the changes in American families over time and the implications of those changes for contemporary and future families. It also examines issues that impact family development, structure and function. Those issues include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, class, ablelism, age, gender and sexual orientation. Starting Summer 2012: Students examine families from historical, socio-cultural and theoretical perspectives, with a focus on the changes in American families over time and the implications of those changes for contemporary and future families. Students also examine issues that impact family development, structure and functions. Those issues include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, class, ablelism, age, gender and sexual orientation. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 OR PSYC 101. May be taken concurrently.

FCST201: Introduction to Social Gerontology

This course provides a comprehensive overview of social gerontology using a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging and how a person's values, attitudes, beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexuality, health, socioeconomic status and gender affect their experience as they age. This course is open to students in all majors who have personal or professional interests in learning more about aging, career paths in gerontology, and services for older adults and their families. It will also provide a basis for more advanced course work. Field visits are integrated into the course. Starting Summer 2012: In this course students examine issues related to aging in America from an individual and family perspective. They gain an understanding of biological, physiological, and cognitive changes related to aging and their impact upon families and daily life. Students also develop knowledge of the field of gerontology, utilizing a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging and how personal values, attitudes, beliefs, race, ethnicity, and rituals affect the aging experience. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST205: Women in Contemporary Society

Those historical developments and social forces which have shaped the status of women in America. Discussion of current concerns and role options available to today's women. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. Starting Summer 2012: Through this course students gain an understanding of how historical developments and social forces have shaped the status of women in America. Students engage in discussion about current concerns and role options available to today's women. Special attention is given to the construction of womanhood and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or departmental approval.

FCST210: Introduction to Child Life

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the profession of Child Life. Students will be introduced to the unique role of the Child Life Specialist in working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in the hospital and other health care settings. Starting Summer 2012: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the profession of Child Life. Through this course students gain knowledge about the unique role of the Child Life Specialist in working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in the hospital and other health care settings. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141 or departmental approval.

FCST214: Child Development I

This course takes a developmental approach to the study of young children from conception to age 10. For each developmental stage, physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and language domains are discussed. Developmental theories are woven into each part of the course. Observational and research methodologies are emphasized. Out-of-class observations/interviews required. Starting Summer 2012: This course takes a developmental approach to the study of young children from conception to age 10. For each developmental stage, students explore physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and language domains. Developmental theories are woven into each part of the course and an emphasis is placed upon observational and research methodologies. (3 hours lecture, 1 hour other.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST215: Infant Development

The infant as a developing individual within the family. Theory and research in the area of human infancy. Physical, cognitive and emotional growth from pre-natal through the first two years of life. Field experiences required. Starting Summer 2012: Students in this class explore the infant as a developing individual within the family. Theory and research in the area of human infancy are applied throughout the course. Students gain knowledge about the physical, cognitive and emotional growth of infants from pre-natal through the first two years of life. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and field experience required.

FCST216: Techniques for the Study of Child Personality

Skills and tools to help the teacher become more aware of the needs, motivations, competencies and values of young children. Opportunities to observe and record children's activities. Starting Summer 2012: Students practice observing and recording children's activities in order to develop skills needed to become more aware teachers. Students leave this class with skills and tools that enhance their understanding of the needs, motivations, competencies, and values of young children. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST225: Exploring Family Diversity

This course examines diversity in families with respect to designations such as race, ethnicity, religion, social class and sexual orientation. Students will study diverse family formation, family roles, values and traditions, as well as the ways in which diverse families have impacted and been impacted by the United States culture and policy. Previous course FCST 440 effective through Spring 2011. Starting Summer 2012: Through this course students examine diversity in families with respect to designations such as race, ethnicity, religion, social class and sexual orientation. Students study diverse family formation, family roles, values and traditions, as well as the ways in which diverse families have impacted and been impacted by the United States culture and policy. Previous course FCST 440 effective through Spring 2011. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or PSYC 101.

FCST231: The Family in the Economic System

The family as an economic unit in society. Economic behavior of various sub-cultures, age groups and family patterns. Starting Summer 2012: Students learn about the family as an economic unit in society. They explore the behavior of various sub-cultures, age groups, and family patterns and the impact these various attributes have upon families. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST241: Group Dynamics

This course presents an overview of the theory and practice of group dynamics, to prepare students to facilitate group processes to advance group- and individual-level objectives. This course examines developmental, ecological, and systems theories in terms of their implications for how individuals interact with and influence each other in group settings. This course reviews practical approaches and develops tools for working effectively with groups in a variety of family and/or child settings, both as a group member and as a group facilitator. Distinct approaches to group processes that are appropriate for specific developmental stages are emphasized (e.g., differences between group work with children, adolescents, and adults). (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141.

FCST270: Individual Management: Theories and Strategies

Opportunity to investigate management theories and apply them to personal life. Influences on, and blocks to, personal management, problem solving, planning, and expediting. Required of majors. Starting Summer 2012: Students have the opportunity to investigate management theories and apply them to personal life. Students also explore influences on, and blocks to, personal management, problem solving, planning, and expediting. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST300: Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies

An opportunity to study the policies, problems and contributions of community organizations and agencies which relate to families and children. Starting Summer 2012: Students engage in the study of policies, problems and contributions of community organizations and agencies which relate to families and children. () 1 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST301: Volunteer in the Community

The role of the volunteer solving the socio-economic-civic- educational problems facing individuals and families; volunteer participation as an individual and in groups. Starting Summer 2012: Students participate in a volunteer experience with a community agency. Through the course and volunteer experience, students explore socio-economic, civic, and educational problems facing individuals and families. () 2 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Fieldwork required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST304: Research Methods for Studying Families and Children

An introductory research course designed to enable students to critically read, analyze and produce research in areas relevant to family and child studies. Various research approaches will be reviewed, and the role of research in society and its relationship to conditions of power and oppression will be explored. Starting Summer 2012: Through this introductory course students develop critical reading and analyzing skills regarding current research in the field of family and child studies. Students investigate various research approaches and the role of research in society and its relationships to conditions of power and oppression. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200; and Family and Child Studies (FCST) majors only.

FCST305: Death and Bereavement in the Family

This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of dying and death within the context of the family. This course will examine human responses to the dying process across the life span as well as the social functions of grief and mourning. Perceptions of death in various social, cultural, and religious contexts will be explored as will substantive and controversial topics related to the end of life. Starting Summer 2012: Students examine human responses to the dying process across the lifespan as well as the social functions of grief and mourning. Students also explore perceptions of death in various social, cultural, and religious contexts as well as substantive and controversial topics related to the end of life. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST308: Independent Study

Advanced areas in Family and Child Studies not offered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. Starting Summer 2012: Students engage in an independent study in advanced areas in Family and Child Studies not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics vary in response to student interests, faculty expertise, and current issues in the field. May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. () 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission.

FCST314: Child Development II: Adolescence

This course uses a developmental approach to study adolescents (11-18 years). Physical, cognitive and social development throughout this age period are studied. Family, peer, race, ethnicity, socio-cultural, and environmental influences on adolescents are examined. Starting Summer 2012: In this course students utilize a developmental approach to study adolescents (11-18 years) focusing on physical, cognitive and social development throughout this age period. Students examine the impact of family, peers, race, ethnicity, socio-cultural, and environmental influences on adolescents. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and PSYC 101. Out-of-class interviews and/or observations are required.

FCST315: Field Experiences in Family and Child Services

Planned supervised experience with selected agencies offering services for families and for children. Starting Summer 2012: Students participate in a supervised field experience within selected agencies offering services for families and for children. Within the scope of this experience, students explore their own interest in the field of family and child services through a direct field experience and are exposed to the common professional roles and occupations. Students are expected to volunteer in a faculty-approved setting for 35 hours minimum during the semester. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours other.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and PSYC 101. Thirty-five hours of field work required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST316: Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children

This course engages students in a real-life service experience working on issues identified by the community organizations. By collaborating with community partners, students will gain an understanding of civic engagement, diverse families, advocacy, program development, and the importance of reflection throughout the service experience. Students are required to provide three hours of weekly service with a community-partner organization that works with families and/or children. The service project will be determined by the instructor, the Center for Community-Based Learning (CC-BL) and community partner organizations affiliated with the CC-BL at Montclair State University. Service requirement: Three hours of weekly service in a community-partner organization is required. Starting Summer 2012: Students engage in real-life service experience working on issues identified by the community organizations. By collaborating with community partners, students gain an understanding of civic engagement, diverse families, advocacy, program development, and the importance of reflection throughout the service experience. Students are required to provide three hours of weekly service with a community partner organization that works with families and/or children. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and FCST 214. 3 hours of weekly service in a community-partner organization is required. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST317: Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child

This course is geared toward guiding and supporting prospective Child Life interns in their initial exposure to children, families, and staff in a pediatric hospital setting. Class meetings will be structured in a format that encourages class discussion and students will be expected to share experiences with the instructor and fellow peers. Students will have a planned supervised experience for a minimum of 35 hours of field work in a pediatric setting approved by the instructor. (3 hours field experience.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 210. Experience for a minimum of 35 hours of field work in a pediatric setting approved by the instructor. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST320: Parenting Skills and Resources

Opportunities for the student to develop effective parenting skills and the knowledge about human development needed for the application of these skills. Impact of parenting resources on both parents and non-parents. Local, state and national resources examined. Assigned activities with children. Starting Summer 2012: Students have the opportunity to develop effective parenting skills and knowledge about human development needed for the application of these skills They also examine the impact of local, state, and national parenting resources on both parent and non-parents. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST322: Play in Child Life Practice

This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the role and application of play in child life practice and other related fields, such as social work, therapeutic recreation, and education. Students learn about the child life field, and they examine the historical and cultural dimensions of play and explore major theories of play. Through lecture and experiential activities, students learn various play techniques used by child life specialists, such as role playing, expressive play, and storytelling. Students enhance their knowledge of the role of play in the treatment of children coping with hospitalization injury, and illness. Starting Summer 2012: This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the role and application of play in child life practice and other related fields, such as social work, therapeutic recreation, and education. Students learn about the child life field, and they examine the historical and cultural dimensions of play and explore major theories of play. Students learn various play techniques used by child life specialists through a combination of lecture and experiential activities including role playing, expressive play, and storytelling. Students enhance their knowledge of the role of play in the treatment of children coping with hospitalization injury, and illness. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 210 and FCST 214. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST325: Adult Development and Aging

Starting Summer 2012: In this course students critically examine topics related to change and continuity in the psychological, emotional, and biological ways that adults develop in mid-life and later adulthood. Students analyze issues of mental health, stress and coping, personality development, changes in memory, learning, and cognitive functioning, as well as intelligence, creativity, and psychopathology in later life. They compare models of development throughout adulthood and consider cultural, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic variables that influence growth. Finally, students consider current research and contemporary issues as they pertain to adult development. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or matriculation in the Gerontology minor and departmental approval.

FCST328: Peer Counselin

This course provides the student with actual peer counseling experience. This experience takes the forms of one-to-one and group counseling. The student will experience the counseling process both as a counselor and as a client. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST329: Theories and Techniques of Group Processes

Given that we function in groups of all sizes, with diverse populations and with various purposes throughout life, this course provides an understanding of the underlying dynamics of groups and provides the opportunity to relate the theories of group development to the actual group process. Students will explore theories and techniques useful in the positive development of entelchy groups. Starting Summer 2012: Students develop understanding of how we function in groups of all sizes, with diverse populations and with various purposes throughout life. Students gain an understanding of the underlying dynamics of groups and receive the opportunity to relate the theories of group development to the actual group process. Students explore theories and techniques useful in the positive development of entelchy groups. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 241.

FCST331: Money Management

The role and meaning of money in individual and family living; understanding income as a means of acquiring a style of life; the effective control of income, spending, savings, credit, and managing resources for future needs. Starting Summer 2012: Students explore the role and meaning of money in individual and family living and understanding income as a means of acquiring a style of life. They also examine the effective control of income, spending, savings, credit, and how to manage resources for future needs. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST332: Action Approaches to Personal Awareness

Designed to increase personal awareness and to assist in developing skills needed to maximize individual growth in human interaction. Through the use of psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques, students will have the opportunity to experience, critically evaluate and develop strategies for working beyond communication barriers to more effective interaction for their personal benefit and the benefit of others. Starting Summer 2012: Students work towards developing awareness and skills needed to maximize individual growth in human interaction. Through the use of psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques, students have the opportunity to experience, critically evaluate and develop strategies for working through communication barriers to a more effective interaction for their personal benefit and the benefit of others. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

FCST340: Aging and Social Policy

Recognizing the importance of public policy as it pertains to a growing, aging population, this course will introduce students to a range of policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels. The process of policy formation will be reviewed including how political organizations, special-interest groups, and advisory groups influence policy development and implementation. The course will cover the major public programs for older adults in the U.S. that address income security, health and long-term care, and housing needs. In order to recognize the varying effects policy can have on the lives of seniors, older adults from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds will be considered. Because families often struggle with the demands of caregiving and long-term care assistance, an evaluation of national and international public policy initiatives designed to address those needs will be conducted. Finally, students will be encouraged to identify and explore contemporary public policy issues that affect older adults on a regular basis. (3.0 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or matriculation in Gerontolgy minor and departmental approval. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST342: Family Sociology

Familiarizes students with data relating to the family as an institution, its development, dynamics and place in society. The impact of rapid social change on the American family. Not open to freshmen. Starting Summer 2012: Students familiarize themselves with data relating to the family as an institution, its development, dynamics, and place in society. They also explore the impact of rapid social change on the American family. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Not open to freshmen. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST344: Challenge of Aging

The change over the adult life span as it affects family interaction and resources in various sub-cultures. Implications for social policy and institutions relative to an increasing aging population. Field participation with agencies and elders; minimum 6 hours contact - more encouraged. Starting Summer 2012: Students examine how changes over the adult life span affect family interaction and resources in various cultural groups within the United States. Students also engage in fieldwork with agencies and elders and learn about the implications of social policy and institutions relative to an increasing aging population. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 201. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST345: Gender in a Changing World

Gender issues that exist in our society and cross-culturally. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST348: Individual and Family Development Over the Life Span

This introductory course provides an overview of family development over the life course in the United States and in other societies. Concepts and theories related to transitions within families over the life course will be explored. This course will also emphasize the role of culture and diversity in the development and functioning of families. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in FCCL, FCPS, FCEL, FCFS, FCGR. Starting Summer 2012: In this introductory course students gain an overview of family development over the life course in the United States and in other societies. Students also explore concepts and theories related to transitions within families over the life. This course also emphasizes the role of culture and diversity in the development and functioning of families. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. () 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST360: Families in Later Life

Combining the fields of family science and gerontology, this course will introduce students to family relationships, roles, and responsibilities in the second half of life. Later life families and the sociological and demographic implications of these families will be discussed. Culturally and ethnically diverse populations will be considered as well as issues of social justice. Multiple substantive topics related to aging families will be examined (i.e., caregiving, grandparenting, marriage and sibling relationships later life, housing, retirement, widowhood, aging parent-adult child relations, etc.). Finally, students will consider gerontological theory and its influence on the study of aging and aging family relationships. Starting Summer 2012: Applying the fields of family science and gerontology, students learn about family relationships, roles, and responsibilities in the second half of life. Students engage in discussion about later life families and the sociological and demographic implications of these families. Culturally and ethnically diverse populations are considered as well as issues of social justice. Multiple substantive topics related to aging families are examined (i.e., care giving, grandparenting, marriage and sibling relationships later life, housing, retirement, widowhood, aging parent-adult child relations, etc.). (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 or PSYC 101. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST370: Individual and Family Problem-Solving

Dealing with daily living through increased competence in decision-making and problem-solving in a variety of life styles. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain insight to how to deal with daily living through increased competence in decision-making and problem solving in a variety of life styles. Students develop skills for managing individual and family needs, problem solving, setting goals, and playing a leadership role. Students also examine ways in which the planned change process can be used at the individual or family level with a focus on strengths as well as problems. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST400: Senior Seminar

A capstone course which explores the integrative nature of the study of families and children and investigates the roles, conflicts and decision-making perspectives for beginning professionals. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST401: Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies

Planned at a more advanced level than the Introduction to Research course, this course will give students the opportunity to plan and execute individual research projects. Starting Summer 2012: Through this advanced class in research methods students have the opportunity to plan and execute individual research thesis and projects, drawing on their earlier research course. Students continue to explore the research process as initiators of research projects, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students are encouraged to present their completed research in professional forums. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304 and departmental approval.

FCST408: Workshop in Family and Child Studies

Opportunity to study selected current problems in the field of Family and Child Studies. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits, providing the course topic is different for each repetition. Starting Summer 2012: This selected topics workshop invites students and professors to critically examine, discuss, and analyze current research on issues of concern in the field of Family and Child Studies. Topics are determined prior to course offering and publicized. The course may be repeated five times for a maximum of fifteen semester hours, provided the topic is different. () 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and any 300-level FCST course or departmental approval. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST409: Internship

Opportunity to work as an intern in a professional setting in a community organization, agency, or a service organization. Application available in the Family and Child Studies Department. Starting Summer 2012: Students have the opportunity to work as an intern in a professional setting in a community organization, agency, or a service organization. The internship experience is the final step in a student's education as a Family and Child Studies (FCST) student at Montclair State University (MSU). The placement experience aims to give students on-the-job training in a setting that provides contact with people in various program related environments. This is an opportunity for students to further enhance career preparation by developing professional competencies in such areas as critical thinking, assessment techniques, problem solving behaviors, decision making processes, utilization of resources, ability to function as part of a diverse work force, and understanding of the general operation, management, and philosophies of social service agencies. Students are expected to undertake a serious professional responsibility and work with diverse client populations to better understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of consumers who utilize social services. () 8 - 12 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST411: Sibling Relationships

In this course, students study sibling relationships and how they shape human development. They use family systems theory, sibling development principles and other frameworks to examine human behavior. They consider sibling behavior within the context of society, and give attention to the role of social location in the lives of families and children. Areas of sibling behavior explored include rivalry, support, birth order, selection of interests, personality and identity development, and abuse. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST415: Child in the Community

The attitudes, mores and values of family and neighborhood life as determinants of the child's adaptation to school; growing up in families of deviant patterns; specialists and agencies in the community. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain knowledge about the attitudes, mores and values of family and neighborhood life as a determinant of the child's adaptation to school. They examine the impact on children of growing up in different types of families and in different types of social settings. They learn about the different types of specialists and agencies in the community. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies.

FCST418: Working with Diverse Families and Children

Approaches to working with diverse families and children in human service, community, and educational settings will be examined. A particular focus will be on skill development for facilitating and leading family conferences in a variety of professional settings. Starting Summer 2012: Students study different approaches to working with diverse families and children in human service, community, and educational settings. A particular focus is on skill development for facilitating and leading family conferences in a variety of professional settings. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST419: Special Studies in Family and Child Services

Exploring special concerns in the area of family life and child development. Starting Summer 2012: Students utilize an ecological lens to critically examine social problems impacting youth and their families in the 21st century. Issues include substance abuse, school violence, gang involvement, teen pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS. Students leave with an understanding of various prevention-related initiatives with proven effectiveness and how they can serve to protect youth and their families. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST445: Poverty and Families

Examines the impact of economic structures, social conditions, gender, race and ethnicity as they affect the family system. This course will further examine the various social problems that place families at risk including family structures and community conditions such as poverty, access to resources, and geographic locations. Community contact is a requirement of the course. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. Starting Summer 2012: Students examine the impact of economic structures, social conditions, gender, race and ethnicity as they affect the family system as well as various social factors that place families at risk including family structures and community conditions such as poverty, access to resources, and geographic locations. Community contact is a requirement of the course. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST448: Family Counseling

Techniques and theories of collecting data and counseling families with such problems as money management, nutrition concerns, parent-child relationships and value conflicts. Starting Summer 2012: This introductory counseling-based course focuses on the core concepts fundamental to an understanding of marital and family therapy. Students learn about typical family functioning and atypical family dysfunction as well as strategies employed by practicing family therapists. The course emphasizes a multi-cultural approach to family counseling. Students review current research on family process and treatment. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST470: Family Management

Opportunity to analyze situations in which individuals and families use resources to maintain daily life and solve problems. Roles, goals, decision making, use of human and nonhuman resources and factors influencing household management. Starting Summer 2012: Students examine the many factors that influence and are influenced by the ways families use resources to maintain daily life and solve problems. They analyze different situations, considering such factors as the roles played by different family members, the goals of different family members in different situations, decision making, the use of human and nonhuman resources, and other factors influencing household management. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and FCST 348. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior and surveys major topics within the diverse discipline of psychology. Topics covered will come from each of four core areas offered by the psychology department: Social/Applied (e.g., Social, Industrial-Organizational, Health), Biological Basis of Behavior (e.g., Physiology, Perception, Motivation/Emotion, Comparative Animal Behavior), Cognition (e.g., Learning and Memory, Conditioning and Learning, Cognition, Language) and Personality (e.g., Personality, Abnormal, Development). Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science for non-psychology majors only. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.