CLA


department of family studies and community development

Degree Requirements

All family science majors must complete prerequisites, 24 units of required core courses, and 21 units of electives. Students must maintain a 2.00 GPA or better in all courses required for the major and must meet Towson University requirements for the completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree.

Students interested in applying for the 5 Year, Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A  to M.A. program must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 by the end of the spring term preceding transition to the M.A. component of the program.

For more information about the combined program, visit the Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service Graduate Program page or contact Dr. Hana Bor at hbor@towson.edu.

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites for courses required in the family science major. The 100 level courses should be taken early in the student's academic studies, and MATH 231, MATH 237, ECON 205, or PSYC 212 must be taken prior to FMST 485.

Course
      Units
ENGL 102
or
ENGL 190
Writing for a Liberal Education

Honors Writing Seminar

3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
MATH 231
or
MATH 237
or
ECON 205
or
PSYC 212
Basic Statistics

Elementary Biostatistics

Statistics for Business and Economics

Behavioral Statistics


3

Required Courses for the Major (24 units)

Course
    Units

FMST 101

or

FMST 102

Introduction to Family Studies

Honors Introduction to Family Studies

3

3

FMST 301 Family Relationships
3
FMST 302 Theories of Family Functioning
3
FMST 303 Trends in Contemporary Family Life
3
FMST 305 Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan
3
FMST 380 Family Law
3
FMST 485 Writing and Research Methods in Family Studies
3
FMST 495 Advanced Research Methods in Family Science
3

Elective Courses (21 Units)

Elective Area I: 6 Units of Life Span Development Electives
Students will choose two courses from the following:
ECED 201 Early Childhood Development and Intervention
ECED 315 Infancy and Toddlerhood Development and Intervention
GERO 101 Introduction to Gerontology
GERO 367
Death, Dying and Bereavement
OCTH 216 Life Span Adaptation and Occupations
PSYC 203 Human Development
PSYC 403 Infant and Child Development
PSYC 404 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 405 The Psychology of Aging
PSYC 467 Midlife Development
SOCI 359 Social Gerontology

 

Elective Area II: 6 Units of Interdisciplinary Electives*

Students will choose two courses from any of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Criminal Justice, Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Health Science, Nursing (NURS 323 Crisis and Stress Management, NURS 416 Cultural Diversity in Health Care), Occupational Therapy (OCTH 205 Alternative and Complementary Health Care, OCTH 301 Genetics, Health and Society, OCTH 305 Disability, the Individual and Society), Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology or Women's Studies.

* Electives must be approved by a family studies adviser or the department chairperson.

** Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A / M.A. students will take a 600 level Jewish Studies elective during their senior year. It will be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees.**

 

Elective Area III: 3 Units of Written Communication Electives

Students will choose an additional Advanced Writing Seminar course (FMST 485 currently required for the major) certified as a University Core Course.

 

Elective Area IV: 6 Units of Family Studies Electives
Students will choose two courses from the following:
FMST 201 Family Resources
FMST 340 The Hospitalized Child and Family
FMST 345 Introduction to Art Therapy 
FMST 350
Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
FMST 387 Community Services for Families
FMST 415 Services to Children and Youth
FMST 370-379 Special Topics
FMST 491 Independent Study 
FMST 550 Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector ** Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A / M.A. students will take this course during their senior year. It will be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees.**
FMST 555 Fundraising, Friendraising and Volunteer Management ** Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A / M.A. students will take this course during their senior year. It will be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees.**

Additional Requirement for Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A. / M.A. students

Hebrew Requirement
Knowledge of Hebrew is the foundation of Judaic learning. Students entering the M.A. portion of the degree must take the Hebrew placement examination. In order to receive the degree, students must demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew equivalent to the level of two years of college Hebrew (through Biblical or Modern Hebrew IV). Proficiency is attained through the completion of a B.A. rather than the B.S. or through coursework beginning with the first courses required for the M.A. Students would study Hebrew each term until this proficiency is attained.
Students taking Hebrew coursework along with the graduate coursework must attain a grade of “B” or better each term in order to be considered proficient. Courses through Biblical Hebrew IV or Modern Hebrew IV will not count toward requirements of the M.A. degree.
HEBR 101 Modern Hebrew I
HEBR 102 Modern Hebrew II
HEBR 201  Modern Hebrew III
HEBR 202 
Modern Hebrew IV 
JDST 544  Biblical Hebrew I
JDST 545  Biblical Hebrew II
JDST 546  Biblical Hebrew III
JDST 547  Biblical Hebrew IV

 

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612
E-mail: fmst@towson.edu



Related links

Gen Ed Requirements

Core Requirements

 



 

Map

Emergencies
410-704-4444

University Police
410-704-2134

Closings & News
410-704-NEWS (6397)

Text Alerts
Sign up now