CLA


Undergraduate Programs

Family and Human Services Major

Degree Requirements

All family and human services majors must complete prerequisites, required core courses, and specific courses for their chosen track. Each track also has an internship requirement. 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.

Prerequisites
The following courses are prerequisites for courses required in the family and human services 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 for Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track

Required Courses for the Major (43 units)

Course
        Units

FMST 101

or

FMST 102

Introduction to Family Studies

Honors Introduction to Family Studies

3

3

FMST 201 Family Resources
3
FMST 297 Preparing Human Service Workers
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 387 Community Services for Families
3
FMST 397 Internship in Family and Human Services
3
FMST 485 Research Methods in Family Studies
3
FMST 490 Family and Human Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education
4
PSYC 203 Human Development
3
HLTH 220 Sexuality in a Diverse Society
3

 

Family Life Educator Certification
Completion of the required core coursework above prepares the student for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). A student may become fully certified by completing two years of family-life work experience following graduation. The CFLE credential is administered through the National Council on Family Relations.

Electives

Students in tracks other than Child Life may use the following document as a guide when choosing electives.

Track Specific Courses

Human Services Track (22 Units)
Required Courses (10 Units)
          Units
PSYC 205 Introduction to the Helping Relationship
3

FMST 350

or

FMST 430

Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

Case Management for Family and Human Services

3

3

FMST 497 Advanced Internship in Family Studies & Community Development  4 (240 Hours)
Track Specific Electives (12 Units)
Electives shall be selected from the following content areas: psychology, sociology, health science, education, gerontology, and women's studies. Students are encouraged to take a course in small-group dynamics and gerontology. Three elective courses (9 units) must be at the 300 level or above. Minors in gerontology, sociology, or psychology can be completed with minimal or no additional coursework. Electives must be approved by a family studies adviser or the department chairperson.

 

Services to Children and Youth Track (21 Units)
Required Courses (6 Units)
          Units
ECED 201 Intervention and the Young Child
3
FMST 415 Services to Children and Youth
3
Track Specific Electives (15 Units)
Electives shall be selected from the following content areas: education, psychology, sociology, and health science. Three elective courses (9 units) must be at the 300 level or above. Electives must be approved by a department adviser. Please Note: Students in this track cannot take FMST 497 as an elective unless special permission is given by the department chair.

**CHILD LIFE STUDENTS - Before looking at the required courses for your track, please check your Academic Requirements Report to verify whether you are on the Introduction to Child Life Track or the Child Life Track.**

Introduction to Child Life Track (21 Units)
For students who entered Towson University in the 2011-2012 academic year or later
Required Courses (15 Units)
          Units
FMST 240 Introduction to Child Life
3
OCTH 213
or
PSYC 431
Small Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics

3
PSYC 205 Introduction to the Helping Relationship
3
FMST 340 The Hospitalized Child and Family
3
GERO 367 Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
3
Required Child and Adolescent Development Courses (6 Units)
Units
PSYC 403 Infant and Child Development
3
PSYC 404 Adolescent Psychology
3
Other Recommended Courses
FMST 140 Medical Terminology for Human Service Workers
1
ECED 201 Intervention and the Young Child
3
ECED 315 Infant Intervention
3
FMST 345 Introduction to Art Therapy as additional elective to meet content areas specified by the Child Life Council.

Students in the Department of Family Studies Introduction to Child Life Track may, in their junior year, apply for admission to the Child Life B.S. to M.S. Program. This program allows students to complete combined Child Life undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years. For information regarding admission and degree requirements, please visit the Child Life graduate program pages.

Child Life Track (28 Units)
For students who entered Towson University prior to the 2011-2012 academic year
Required Courses (19 Units)
Units
ECED 201 Intervention and the Young Child
3
OCTH 213
or
PSYC 431
Small Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics

3
PSYC 205 Introduction to the Helping Relationship
3
FMST 340 The Hospitalized Child and Family
3
FMST 497

Advanced Internship in Family Studies & Community Development

4 (240 Hours)
 

GERO 367 Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
3
Required Child and Adolescent Development Courses (9 Units)
Units
ECED 315 Infant Intervention
3
PSYC 403 Infant and Child Development
3
PSYC 404 Adolescent Psychology
3
Other Recommended Courses
FMST 140 Medical Terminology for Human Service Workers
1
FMST 345 Introduction to Art Therapy as additional elective to meet content areas specified by the Child Life Council.

 

Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track (31 Units)
The requirements for this track include FMST courses (10 units) and completion of the minor in Business Administration (BUAD) (21 units)
Required FMST Courses (10 Units)
Units
FMST 350 Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
3
FMST/IDIS 355 Fundraising, Friendraising and Volunteer Management
3

FMST 497

Advanced Internship in Family Studies & Community Development

  4 (240 Hours)
 
Required BUAD Minor (21 Units)
ACCT 201
Accounting Principles I
3
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
3
ECON 201 Microeconomic Principles
3
ECON 202 Macroeconomic Principles
3
FIN 331 Principles of Finance
3
MKTG 341 Principles of Marketing
3
MNGT 361 Principles of Management
3

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



Family and Human Services majors take a variety of courses to complete their degrees. These include prerequisites, required courses for the major and track-specific courses.


 

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