Major in Family Science

Majors in Family Science complete 27 units of required course work 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 Bachelor of Science degree.

Prerequisites for Courses in the Major (0 Units)
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION 13
or ENGL 190 HONORS WRITING SEMINAR
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 13
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 13
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
BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR FAMILY SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICE
Required Courses (27 Units)
FMST 101INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES3
or FMST 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES
FMST 201FAMILY RESOURCES3
FMST 301FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS3
FMST 302FAMILY THEORIES3
FMST 303CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN FAMILY POLICY3
FMST 305PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
FMST 380FAMILY LAW3
FMST 485RESEARCH METHODS IN FAMILY STUDIES3
FMST 495ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN FAMILY SCIENCE3
Electives (21 Units)
Elective Area 1: Life Span Development6
Select two of the following:
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION
INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY
DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT
LIFE SPAN ADAPTATION AND OCCUPATIONS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
MIDLIFE DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
Elective Area II: Interdisciplinary Electives 26
Select two upper-level courses from the following disciplines:
Anthropology
Communication Studies
Cultural Studies
Criminal Justice
Deaf Studies
Foreign Languages
Gerontology
Health Science
Nursing (NURS 323, NURS 416)
Occupational Therapy (OCTH 301, OCTH 305)
Philosophy
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Special Education
Women's Studies
Elective Area III: Written Communication3
Select an additional Advanced Writing Seminar course (FMST 485 currently required for major) certified as a University Core Course
Elective Area IV: FMST Elective6
Select two of the following:
INTRODUCTION TO CHILD LIFE
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER FAMILIES
AMERICAN FAMILIES ON TELEVISION: REPRESENTATION AND REALITY
ETHICS IN HUMAN SERVICES
THE HOSPITALIZED CHILD AND FAMILY
INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR
FUNDRAISING, FRIENDRAISING AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
DIVERSITY, CULTURE, AND TEAM DYNAMICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FAMILY STUDIES
COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH
FMST XXX
Elective course to be developed
CASE MANAGEMENT FOR FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN FAMILY STUDIES
FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR 3
FUNDRAISING, FRIENDRAISING AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT 3
Total Units48
1

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

2

Electives must be approved by a Family Studies adviser or the department chairperson.

3

Family Science/Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service B.A./M.A. students will take these courses during their senior year. They will be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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
Select one of the following:13-4FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
Core3
Core3
 
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3 
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3 
Core3 
Core3 
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3Non-Major Elective3
Core3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST 4953
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3
FMSC Major or Elective Requirement3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-121

1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of families, relationships, life span development, and family policy.
2. Students will demonstrate competency in critically analyzing research and applying theoretical, factual and conceptual knowledge about issues relevant to families and developmental processes based on fundamental principles underlying the family science and human development discipline.
3. Students will demonstrate competency in written communication skills and the presentation of research.
4. Students will demonstrate comprehensive research skills related to the discipline and utilize informational literacy and technological competency in the process.