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Courses in Human Development and Family Studies

Curriculum

1300. Introduction to Human Sciences. V:1-3
Overview of the human sciences profession and its interrelationships with the natural and social sciences and the arts, study of the mission and philosophical bases of the profession, emphasis on professional opportunities in the field. Open to all students; required of all human sciences majors.

4300. Problems in Human Sciences. V:1-3
Guided independent study in one of the program areas in human sciences. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing in human sciences, consent of the department chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.

4302. Honors Tutorial. V:1-3
Guided independent study and research in the student's selected major in human sciences. Prerequisites: junior and senior standing, 3.25 GPA, completion of at least 15 semester hours in human sciences and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.

4601. Practicum in Human Sciences. V:3-6
Supervised work experience in a setting appropriate to the student's specialization within human sciences. Prerequisites: senior standing and at least 24 semester hours in human sciences. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.

Human Development and Family Studies

2320. Foundations of Child Development. 3(3-2)
Overview of the theories and enhancement of development of infants, toddlers, young children and adolescents in physical, mental, social and emotional areas within a family context; includes methods and techniques used in observing children. Observation and participation required.

2321. Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development. 3(2-2)
In-depth study of the theories of child growth and development from conception through the first two years. Includes interactions with caregivers, peers and the environment. Observation and participation required.

2322. Family and Community Health. 3(3-0)
Personal, family and community health problems; community and governmental health agencies; principles of first aid and home care of the sick with special reference to the care of children and the aged.

3320. Development of the Preschool Child. 3(2-2)
In-depth study of the theories of child growth and development as they relate to children from toddlerhood to preschool age. Observation and participation required. Prerequisites: HSCI 2320, HSCI 2321or junior standing.

3321. Marriage and Family Relationships. 3(3-0)
Analysis of the family unit as a group of interacting members at each stage of the life cycle, cultural and social influences upon the marriage unit and individuals in the family, alternate life styles in modern society and how to deal with them in the community. Prerequisites: completion of ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

3322. Parenthood. 3(3-0)
Basic principles and skills for parent effectiveness, diverse parenting situations, parent-child interaction and communication. Methods, materials and techniques for teaching parenting. Prerequisite: junior standing.


3370.  Trends and Issues in Human Sciences.  3(3-0)
Historic issues and contemporary trends in human sciences; philosophical base of family and consumer sciences.  Prerequisites:  ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.


4320. The Family in Later Life. 3(3-0)
Family-oriented problem solving and its relation to major gerontological issues such as intergenerational struggles, independence, loneliness, alternative living arrangements; an examination of family kinship patterns in later life; relationships with spouse, adult children and siblings. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4321. Family Resource Management. 3(3-0)
Selected areas of interest in home management, consumer economics, housing and household equipment. Students are given the opportunity to solve special problems with families having economic, management, housing or household equipment problems. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4322. Family and Consumer Economics. 3(3-0)
Personal and family problems at various stages of the family life cycle in the use of time, money and energy. Factors affecting the family as an economic unit. Decision making applied to financial problems encountered throughout the family life cycle. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4323. Administration of Programs for Dependent Care. 3(2-2)
Principles and practices of administration and supervision in dependent care settings. Patterns of organization and environment planning, program development, staff relationships and development, personnel and business practices. Observation and participation required. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of human development and family studies courses.

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