department of family studies and community development

Capstone Experience

The Senior Seminar, FMST 490, is the capstone course for students majoring in family and human services. This course is the culminating experience for the major and is taken during the student’s final undergraduate semester. The course requires the student to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and community experiences acquired as a major in the department. There are several assignments that are incorporated into this four credit course. The assignments include a research paper that is used to develop and lead a 75 minute program and a final exam.

Assignments are based on one or more of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) ten family life education content areas. Each content area is the focus of one or more courses required for the major.

Portions of the capstone course simulate a lab during which each student individually presents the 75 minute program to his/her peers. Each presentation requires the incorporation of five different methods used to conduct family life education programs. Also, the student is expected to demonstrate competency in the three department learning outcomes.

Capstone experiences, while demanding, are linked to student success. This course has different instructors but was developed by the department so requirements and objectives are consistent.

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




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