Major in Family and Human Services

Majors in Family and Human Services complete 64 or 65 units of course work depending on the track of study the student selects. Students complete 43 units of required courses. For each track, they complete additional track-specific courses and electives. These requirements include a sequence of focused community courses including FMST 297, FMST 387, FMST 397, and FMST 490. The units of internship requirements are ­specified by each track. 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 Bachelor of Science degree.

Prerequisites for Courses in the Major

ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
or ENGL 190 HONORS WRITING SEMINAR
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Select one of the following in basic statistics (must be taken prior to FMST 485):3
BASIC STATISTICS
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
STATISTICS FOR FAMILY SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICE
BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
Total Units12

 Required Courses

FMST 101INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES3
or FMST 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES
FMST 201FAMILY RESOURCES3
FMST 297PREPARING HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS: PRE-INTERNSHIP3
FMST 301FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS3
FMST 302FAMILY THEORIES3
FMST 303CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN FAMILY POLICY3
FMST 305PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
FMST 380FAMILY LAW3
FMST 387COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR FAMILIES3
FMST 397INTERNSHIP IN FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES3
FMST 485RESEARCH METHODS IN FAMILY STUDIES3
FMST 490FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICE CAPSTONE: METHODS IN FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION4
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
HLTH 220SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
Total Units43
1

The 100-level courses should be taken early in the student’s academic studies.

2

Required for Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector track.

Family Life Educator Certification

Completion of the above required course work 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.

HUMAN SERVICES TRACK (22 units)

Required Courses (10 Units)
PSYC 205INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP3
FMST 350FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR3
or FMST 430 CASE MANAGEMENT FOR FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES
FMST 497ADVANCED INTERNSHIP IN FAMILY STUDIES AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT4
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, and Psychology can be completed with minimal or no additional course work. Electives must be approved by a Family Studies adviser or the department chairperson.12
Total Units22

SERVICES TO CHILDREN and youth TRACK (21 units)

Required Courses (6 Units)
ECED 201EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION3
FMST 415SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH3
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 Family Studies adviser or the department chairperson15
Total Units21

INTRODUCTION TO CHILD LIFE TRACK (21 UNITS)

Required Courses (15 Units)
FMST 240INTRODUCTION TO CHILD LIFE3
OCTH 213SMALL GROUP DYNAMICS3
or PSYC 431 GROUP DYNAMICS
PSYC 205INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP3
FMST 340THE HOSPITALIZED CHILD AND FAMILY3
GERO 367DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT3
Required Child and Adolescent Development Courses (6 Units)
PSYC 403INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT3
PSYC 404ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY3
Total Units21

Other Recommended Courses

FMST 140MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS1
ECED 201EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION3
ECED 315INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION3
FMST 345INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY3

LEADERSHIP IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR TRACK (10 UNITS)

The requirements for this track include FMST courses and completion of the minor in Business Administration (BUAD) (21 units).

Required Nonprofit Leadership Courses (10 Units)
FMST 350FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR3
FMST 355FUNDRAISING, FRIENDRAISING AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT3
FMST 497ADVANCED INTERNSHIP IN FAMILY STUDIES AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT4
Required BUAD Minor (21 Units)
ACCT 201PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ACCT 202PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING3
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
FIN 331PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
MKTG 341PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MNGT 361LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT3
Total Units31

Community Experience

Civic Engagement/Service Learning

Internships and service learning are critical components of the Family and Human Services major. A continuum of field experiences offered throughout the program provides opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of course content, develop professional skills, and apply knowledge in the field. The first concentrated field experience is obtained during FMST 387. This course focuses on service learning through program development. Students participate directly with community organizations and agencies. Internships are the culminating field experience for the Family and Human Services major. The internship experience offers students the opportunity to apply course content, learn new skills, and develop professional contacts.

Family and Human Services interns work in a variety of settings depending on their interests. Internships occur in off-campus public and private agencies, including but not limited to, preschools, day-care centers for children or adults, child abuse and domestic violence centers, family support centers, agencies for the disabled, and various mental health and health care facilities. Examples of recent student placements include: Adoptions Together, Art with a Heart, Ashland Preschool Center, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Baltimore, The Family Tree, Jemicy School, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Law Office of Carl Gold, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Family Resiliency Center, Rose of Sharon Equestrian School, University of Maryland Hospital for Children, Young Parent Support Center.

The curriculum emphasizes civic engagement through service learning. Service learning involves a process of preparation for community experiences, participation in the community, and integration of the academic preparation and community participation. The integration process involves self-reflection as well as self-discovery, including understanding of values, skills, and content. Community participation is required in several courses throughout the curriculum.

Human Services Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 1013FMST 201 (Core 10)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
ENGL 102 or 190 (Core 2)3Core3
Core3Core3
Core 3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Basics Statistics Course (Core 3) - Select one of the following: 3-4FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core 7 or 8 - Lab Course4
Core3
 
 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
Core3 
Core3 
 15-16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST 2973
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST 3873
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3973FMST 4904
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST 4974
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement or Elective3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3 
 15 14
Total Units 120-121


Services to Children And Youth Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 1013FMST 201 (Core 10)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3Core3
Core 3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Basic Statistics Course (Core 3) - Select one of the following:3-4FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3
Core3
 
 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
Core3 
Core3 
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 2973FMST 3973
FMST 3873FMST 4904
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 16
Total Units 121-122

INTRODUCTION TO CHILD LIFE Suggested FOUR-YEAR PLAN

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 1013FMST 201 (Core 10)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3Core3
Core 3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Basic Statistics Course (Core 3) - Select one of the following:3-4FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3
Core3
 
 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
FMST Major or Track Requirement3 
Core3 
Core3 
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 2973FMST 3973
FMST 3873FMST 4904
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 16
Total Units 121-122

LEADERSHIP IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR TRACK With Business ADministration Minor Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 1013FMST 201 (Core 10)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
ENGL 102 (Core 2)3BUAD Minor Course3
Core 3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON 2053FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
FMST Major or Track Requirement3BUAD Minor Course3
BUAD Minor Course3Core 7 or 8 - Lab Course4
Core3Core3
 15 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST 2973
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST 3873
BUAD Minor Course3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
Core3BUAD Minor Course3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3973FMST 4904
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST 4974
FMST Major or Track Requirement3FMST Major or Track Requirement3
BUAD Minor Course3Non-Major Elective3
BUAD Minor Course3 
 15 14
Total Units 120

1) Students will demonstrate competency in written communication and oral communication.
2) Students will use knowledge acquired in family studies and human services courses in field experiences (community service and internship placements) and capstone courses.
3) Students will demonstrate comprehensive research skills related to the discipline. Students will demonstrate informational literacy and technological competency.