Family and Human Services (FAM) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Family & Human Services Department

FAM 2123 Psychology of Relationship Development

Three hours

A foundational course that integrates biblical and psychological literature in the area of interpersonal, marriage, and family relationships. Course work includes analysis and application of current theory and psychological research on gender differences, family of origin issues, sexuality, personality types, communication styles, forgiveness, dating, and emotional intelligence. This course may not be audited. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. (Same as PSY 2123.)

Offered spring semester

FAM 2133 Introduction to Family Science

Three hours

A study of family structure and dynamics from the perspective of theology and family science theory. Some of the major theories for understanding families are evaluated along with God's model of family roles and relationships, and what families are like when they are empowering or disabling, healthy or dysfunctional, successful or unsuccessful. Genograms are a major tool. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Offered each semester

FAM 2313 Professional Ethics and Practice

Three hours

This course will provide students with the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they related to the helping profession. Students will learn to evaluate, differentiate, and apply diverse approaches to ethical issues and dilemmas within the field of family science. Prerequisite or corequisite: FAM 2133.

Offered spring semester

FAM 2413 Developmental Psychology

Three hours

A study of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the human from conception through adulthood. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. (Same as PSY 2413.) Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered each semester

FAM 3133 Marriage and Family Living

Three hours

A study of contemporary marital and family issues in light of a theological understanding of family relationships and responsibilities. Family lifespan issues and parent education issues include singleness, courtship, child-rearing practices, and effects through developmental stages, and factors known to affect family health. Prerequisite: FAM 2133.

Offered each semester

FAM 3223 Principles of Effective Parenting

Three hours

The course focuses on principles of effective parenting including theoretical approaches to understanding parent/child relations, parenting styles, the etiology of child behaviors, and mechanisms of behavior change. Various family structures and interactions over the family lifespan are considered. The course will also explore biblical and theological principles of parenting. Prerequisite: FAM 3133.

Offered each semester

FAM 3243 Family Sexuality

Three hours

A study of normal sexual development throughout the lifespan, considered from physical, social, spiritual, moral, and theological vantage points. By helping students understand typical expectations and experiences of human sexuality, they will be able to better recognize healthy and unhealthy sexuality in themselves and others. Prerequisites: junior standing, a human development course, and BBL 3003 or consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

FAM 3413 Selected Topics

Three hours

Topics chosen from a variety of subjects such as Trauma, Grief and Addictions, Working with Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Philanthropy and Grant Writing, and International Human Rights and Social Justice. Prerequisite: FAM 2133.

Offered each semester

FAM 4113 Intercultural Family Seminar

Three hours

This course focuses on gaining knowledge about the cultural variations of families as well as their relationship to societal institutions. The class will include both didactic and experiential elements to expand helping skills in multicultural settings. Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered spring semester

FAM 4223 Introduction to Senior Seminar

Three hours

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of research for their Senior Seminar project. Course work includes development of a topic and research methodology.

Offered spring semester

FAM 4253 Family Communication

Three hours

A course designed to help students become more skillful in interpersonal communication as well as facilitating communication within the premarital and family setting. Includes communication for the purpose of building intimacy and conflict resolution. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisites: senior standing and FAM 3133.

Offered each semester

FAM 4433 Senior Seminar

Three hours

A capstone course in Family and Human Services in which students strive 1) to integrate their previous academic and internship experiences; 2) to complete a professional portfolio of their education, experiences, and work-samples; and 3) to demonstrate competence in their discipline through family life program evaluation, planning, and implementation. The senior project requires a major study and formal paper written for a professional program (secular, church, or parachurch) that provides family life education and/or services. To be taken during the student's final semester of study. Prerequisites: senior standing and FAM 3133 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester

FAM 4443 Critical Concerns with Adolescents

Three hours

An examination of some of the critical issues facing parents, counselors, youth leaders, social workers, and educators by means of journal reviews, interviews, and computer searches. Students research topics such as teenage suicide, substance abuse, pregnancy and abortion, gangs, sexual/physical abuse, and divorce. (Same as CMN 4443.)

Offered each semester

FAM 4453 Family Law and Society

Three hours

An understanding of the impact legal and policy issues have on families. Legal issues covered include Family and the Law (relating to marriage, divorce, adoption, and child protection and rights.), Family and Social Services, Family and Education, Family and the Economy, and Public Policy and the Family. Additionally, a biblical presentation of social justice is presented. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Offered each semester

FAM 4481, 4482, 4483 Selected Topics

One to three hours

Topics are chosen from areas of Family and Human Services. The student may also do independent study and research under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

FAM 4611, 4612, 4614 Internship in Family and Human Services

One, two and four hours

Practical experience working under a qualified professional in the area of Family and Human Services or family life education. Enrollment is limited to majors and minors in this field. May be repeated for credit as needed to fulfill the necessary requirements. Each semester hour represents 50 hours of service.

Offered each semester