Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of all Family Science undergraduate courses.
 

FMSC105 Individuals in Families (3) 
Personal growth and development within the family context. Exploration of self-awareness, sex-role image, life transitions, and interpersonal and family relations.

 

FMSC110S Families and Global Health (3)

COLLEGE PARK SCHOLARS COURSE, GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOLARS ONLY

GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

Students will explore, define, and study global health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, gender inequality, family violence, and maternal and child health using a global perspective.

 

FMSC111 Credit Cards and College Students (1) 
This course course provides college students with factual information about basic money management skills, emphasizing the responsible use of credit, specifically credit cards. Topics will include financial goals, spending plan, wise use of credit, debt management, consumer credit protection, and ID Theft. Online lessons will include video clips and interactive class activities. Students will learn the basics to build a strong financial future.

FMSC170 Future of Families: Issues and Controversies (3) 
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

I-SERIES COURSE

Examination of current trends and controversial issues in family life, including issues of marriage, reproductive technologies, adoption, child custody, remarriage, and marital violence.

FMSC260 Couple Relationships (3)

GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE
Couple relationships and their alternatives in contemporary dating, courtship and marriage.

FMSC280 Global, Child and Family Health: Getting There Via E-Communications (3)
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

I-SERIES COURSE

CORE: BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (SB) COURSE

Students will learn about global maternal, child and family health issues and how these issues may affect their lives. Interdisciplinary teams of students will collaborate to develop programs aimed at improving global family health through the use of information and communications technologies.

FMSC290 Family Economics (3)
Application of economic methodology to the study of families under various economic situations. Examination of how decisions about marriage, divorce, fertility, consumption and time use are influenced by labor/housing markets, tax structure, social welfare benefits and other economic considerations.

FMSC302 Research Methods in Family Science (3) 
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

SCHOLARSHIP IN PRACTICE (S IN P) COURSE (MAJORS ONLY)

Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course. For FMSC majors only. 
Introduction to the methods of the social and behavioral sciences employed in family science. The role of theory, development of hypotheses, measurement, design, and data analysis.

FMSC330 Family Theories and Patterns (3)
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

UNDERSTANDING PLURAL SOCIETIES (UPS)

Prerequisite: Junior standing required. 
Theory and research on the family, including a cross-cultural analysis of family patterns.

FMSC332 Children in Families (3) 
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

Prerequisite: FMSC 105 or PSYC 100.
A family life education approach to the study of children and families. Emphasis on the interaction of children with parents, siblings, extended kin, and the community.

FMSC341 Personal and Family Finance (3) 
GEN ED: SCHOLARSHIP IN PRACTICE (S IN P) COURSE

Individual and family financial strategies with emphasis on financial planning, savings, investments, insurance, income taxes, housing, and use of credit. Planning, analyzing, and controlling financial resources to resolve personal/family financial problems and to attain financial security.

FMSC370 Interpersonal Communication Processes (3) 
Training in interpersonal communication skills. Relevant concepts, principles, and models.

FMSC375 Cultural Competence in Family and Health Services (3)

Students will develop knowledge and professional skills needed to work effectively with diverse families. Appreciation for difference among families and cultures is heightened. Active learning activities that increase self-awareness and cultural competence are emphasized.

FMSC381 Poverty, Affluence, and Families (3) 
CORE: DIVERSITY (D) COURSE

GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

UNDERSTANDING PLURAL SOCIETIES (UPS)

Prerequisite: SOCY 100 or SOCY 105.
Social, political, cultural, and economic factors influencing income and wealth in American families.

FMSC383 Delivery of Human Services to Families (3) 
Prerequisite: FMSC 330.
Processes of service delivery with special emphasis upon relationships among managers, service providers and clients. The impact of human service systems on families.

FMSC399 Independent Study (1-6) 
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

FMSC410 Maternal, Child and Family Health (3) 
Overview of major issues, policies, and programs related to the health of women, children, and their families in the United States. Review of social, political, and economic determinants of maternal and child health and health disparities. Use of epidemiological methods and data to identify best practices for guiding maternal and child health policy and practice.

FMSC420 African American Families (3) 
History, structure, and diversity of African American families, including strengths and challenges. Theoretical perspectives and skills for examining and advancing research on African American families.

FMSC425 Military and Veteran Family Services (3) 
Overview of issues impacting contemporary military families including during times of war. Identification of challenges faced by military families related to deployment/reunion and mental and physical health, as well as support systems available. Examination of skills and strategies for working with service members, veterans, and military families.

FMSC430 Gender Issues in Families (3) 
Prerequisite: SOCY 100, SOCY 105, PSYC 100, or permission of the department.
The development of historical, cultural, developmental, and psychosocial aspects of masculinity and femininity within the context of contemporary families, and the implications for interpersonal relations.

FMSC431 Family Crises and Intervention (3) 
Prerequisite: PSYC 100.
Family crises such as divorce, disability, substance abuse, financial problems, intrafamilial abuse, and death. Theories and techniques for intervention and enhancement of family coping strategies.

FMSC432 Adult Development and Aging in Families (3) 
Prerequisite: PSYC 100, and SOCY 100 or SOCY 105, and FMSC 332 (or a comparable human development course). 
Theory, research, history, and programming related to adult development and aging in the intergenerational context of family.

FMSC440 Death and Loss in Family Life (3) 
Examination of how families experience grief and loss resulting from the death of a family member, including health and financial consequences. Overview of historical, social, psychological, cultural, medical, and legal dimensions of death in families from diverse backgrounds. Exploration of how the health care system and funeral home industry assist families in managing death and loss.

FMSC444 Family Services and Human Service Organizations (3) 
Prerequisite: FMSC 383 or equivalent. 
Review and analysis of well-functioning human service organizations, including issues of management, decision-making, workplace culture, budgeting, and evaluation of the workforce.

FMSC445 Sexuality: Issues in Family Therapy and Service Delivery (3) 
Prerequisite: A basic course in human sexuality and permission of instructor. (Formerly FMST 498S) 
Typical, dysfunctional, and pathological sexual functioning, including effects on individuals, couples, and family systems. Sensitizes students to sexual issues, explores how perceptions of such issues affect work with people, and emphasizes implications for marriage and family therapy.

FMSC452 Family Policy Analysis (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.
Examination of public, private, and non-profit sector policies and their impact on the quality of family life. Emphasis on policy formation, implementation, and evaluation.

 

FMSC460 Violence in Families (3) 
GEN ED: HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE (H & SS) COURSE

UNDERSTANDING PLURAL SOCIETIES (UPS)

Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or SOCY 100 or SOCY 105.
Theories of child, spouse, and elder-abuse in the family setting. Emphasis on historical, psychological, sociological and legal trends relating to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Introduction to methods for prevention and remediation.

FMSC477 Internship and Analysis in Family Science (3) 
Prerequisite: FMSC 383, plus an additional six (6) FMSC credits and permission of the department. 
For FMSC majors only. 
A supervised internship and a seminar requiring analysis. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice including 120 hours of contracted field experience.

FMSC480 Work and Family Issues and Programs (3) 
The purpose, nature, organization and administration of worksite, or employer-based, family support resources, including child and elder care referral and subsidies, parenting education, health and wellness programs, parental and sick child leaves, and flexible work scheduling.

FMSC485 Introduction to Family Therapy (3) 
Prerequisite: FMSC 330 or FMSC 370, or one (1) psychology course at 300 level or above. 
The fundamental theoretical concepts and clinical procedures of marital and family therapy including pre-marital and divorce therapy issues.

FMSC487 Legal Aspects of Family Problems (3)
Laws and legal procedures, with emphasis on adoption, marriage, divorce, annulment, and property rights, and how they affect family life.

FMSC490 Addiction and Recovery in the Context of the Family (3) 
Theory, research and clinical practice in the area of addictions and recovery as they relate to family processes.

FMSC497 The Child and the Law (3) 
Legislation and case law regarding children's legal rights with emphasis on the rights of children in the juvenile justice system, and rights to medical, educational, and other social services.

FMSC498 Special Topics: Family Science (1-3) 
Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

FMSC498E The Role of Men in Gender Equitable Communities (2) 
Examination of issues surrounding images of masculinity and gendered interaction in American culture. Identification of challenges faced by men across genders. Exploration of the manifestation of these issues through a cultural and community context utilizing a theory based, interactive approach. Male-centered skills/strategies for creating a mentoring project for middle school males involving the application of course content will be explored.

FMSC498M Family Mediation (3)
Introduction to family mediation as an approach to helping families deal effectively with the issues associated with separation and divorce. Theory, practice, and techniques of negotiation, with an emphasis on custody, property division, and constructive restructuring of family relationships.

FMSC498V Community Violence Research (3) 
Prerequisite: Permission of the department. 
Review of processes and tools for researching the impact of community violence on family coping, parenting, and child development.