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 - 2013 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.

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

      FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (2 hours lecture, 2 hours other) 3
      FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
  2. FAMILY/CHILD STUDIES CORE REQ

    Complete the following 3 courses:

    FCST 214 Child Development I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour other) 3
    FCST 314 Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 9 semester hours of any course beginning with FCST.

    FCST 100 Professional Orientation (2 hours lecture) 2
    FCST 140 Family in Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 141 Interpersonal Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 201 Introduction to Social Gerontology (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 205 Women in Contemporary Society (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 210 Introduction to Child Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 215 Infant Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 216 Techniques for the Study of Child Personality (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 225 Exploring Family Diversity (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 230 Dynamics of One-To-One Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 231 The Family in the Economic System (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 241 Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 270 Individual Management: Theories and Strategies. Starting Spring 2014: Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 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 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 308 Independent Study 1-3
    FCST 310 Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 313 Organization and Management of Child Care Centers (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (2 hours lecture, 2 hours other) 3
    FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3
    FCST 317 Fieldwork Experience in Family and Child Studies: The Hospitalized Child (3 hours field experience) 3
    FCST 320 Parenting Skills and Resources (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 322 Play Techniques in Working with Children (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 325 Adult Development and Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 328 Peer Counseling 3
    FCST 329 Theories and Techniques of Group Processes 3
    FCST 331 Money Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 332 Action Approaches to Personal Awareness 3
    FCST 340 Aging and Social Policy (3.0 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 342 Family Sociology (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 344 Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 345 Gender in a Changing World (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 350 Immigrant Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 360 Families in Later Life (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 370 Individual and Family Problem-Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 400 Senior Seminar (3 hours seminar) 3
    FCST 401 Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 408 Workshop in Family and Child Studies 1-3
    FCST 409 Internship 6-12
    FCST 411 Sibling Relationships (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 415 Child in the Community (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 419 Special Studies in Family and Child Services (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 448 Family Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 470 Family Management (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

FCST100: Professional Orientation (2 hours lecture)

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

FCST140: Family in Society (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

FCST141: Interpersonal Relations (3 hours lecture)

Students learn about relevant and up-to-date information about meaningful human relationships throughout the life cycle. 3 sh.

FCST200: Introduction to Family Studies (3 hours lecture)

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. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

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

FCST201: Introduction to Social Gerontology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST205: Women in Contemporary Society (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FCST210: Introduction to Child Life (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST214: Child Development I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour other)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

FCST215: Infant Development (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200 and field experience required.

FCST216: Techniques for the Study of Child Personality (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214.

FCST225: Exploring Family Diversity (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 or PSYC 101.

FCST230: Dynamics of One-To-One Communication (3 hours lecture)

Through this course students examine the dynamics of one-to-one communication through readings and experientially through the development of personal goals for optimizing personal communication. Students also establish strategies for the attainment of these goals. Previous course FCST 330 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141.

FCST231: The Family in the Economic System (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST241: Group Dynamics (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 141.

FCST270: Individual Management: Theories and Strategies. Starting Spring 2014: Individual and Professional Development in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture)

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. Starting Spring 2014: Students will have the opportunity to investigate professional and personal development strategies and apply them to their lives. Students will also explore influences on and blocks to their self management, including problem solving, professional planning, and decision making. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200. Starting Spring 2014: GNED 100, GNED 199 and departmental approval.

FCST300: Field Trip Experiences in Family and Child Studies

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

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 (3 hours lecture)

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. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

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

FCST305: Death and Bereavement in the Family (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST308: Independent Study

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.

FCST310: Teaching Daily Living Skills to Special Needs Populations (3 hours lecture)

Students engage in analysis of daily personal management problems and their application to special needs populations. They also explore community resources, examine and develop materials and teaching strategies appropriate for teaching daily living skills to special needs populations. Previous course FCST 410 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

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

FCST313: Organization and Management of Child Care Centers (3 hours lecture)

Students gain a basic understanding of principles of supervision and administration applied to developing a sound modern pre-school program. Students also learn about organization and administration of individual classrooms and the total school program as well as the relationships of the school with community services and agencies. Previous course FCST 414 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 214. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department or departmental approval.

FCST314: Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST315: Field Experiences in Family and Child Services (2 hours lecture, 2 hours other)

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. 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 (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

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. 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 (3 hours field experience)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST322: Play Techniques in Working with Children (3 hours lecture)

This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the role and application of play in working with children in the fields of family services, social work, therapeutic recreation, education, and other related fields. Students 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 practitioners, such as role-playing, expressive play, and storytelling. Students enhance their knowledge of the role of play in the treatment of children coping with short- and long-term family and life stressors, such as disabilities, illness, hospitalization, separation, divorce, trauma, and loss. 3 sh.

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

FCST325: Adult Development and Aging (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST328: Peer Counseling

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

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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST332: Action Approaches to Personal Awareness

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 (3.0 hours lecture)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

Students learn to identify and interpret data and research relating to families and examine the interplay between family relations at the micro level and social forces at the macro level. The course will also explore the effect of social and demographic change on American families. 3 sh.

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

FCST344: Challenge of Aging (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST345: Gender in a Changing World (3 hours lecture)

Gender issues that exist in our society and cross-culturally. 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 course provides an overview of family development over the life course in the United States and in other societies. Students explore concepts and theories related to transitions within families over the life course. This course also emphasizes the role of culture and diversity in the development and functioning of families. 3 sh.

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

FCST350: Immigrant Families (3 hours lecture)

This course is focused on contemporary immigrant families in the United States. The purpose is to critically examine immigrant family dynamics across generations, using classic and new acculturation theories and in the context of global migration and transnationalism. Students explore multiple topics related to immigrant families (e.g., family adaptation, changes in parent-child relationships, heritage language maintenance and loss, youth's ethnic identity development, education, intergenerational relationships, interactions with social institutions). Students analyze how such factors as ethnicity, gender, class, migration goals, legal status, human capital, country of origin, and areas of settlement shape the experiences of immigrant families. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

FCST360: Families in Later Life (3 hours lecture)

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 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST400: Senior Seminar (3 hours 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 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST401: Advanced Research Methods in Family and Child Studies (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304 and departmental approval.

FCST408: Workshop in Family and Child Studies

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

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. 6 - 12 sh.

Prerequisites: Family and Child Studies major and departmental approval.

FCST411: Sibling Relationships (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST415: Child in the Community (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST418: Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 hours lecture)

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. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 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 (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST445: Poverty and Families (3 hours lecture)

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. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

FCST448: Family Counseling (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

FCST470: Family Management (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.

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

PSYC101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours lecture)

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 sh.