Major in Family and Human Services

The Family and Human Services major has 12-13 units of required prerequisite courses and 45-47 required units in the major. Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA in all courses required for the major. Students may choose to complete an optional Introduction to Child Life track. 

Prerequisites for Upper-Level Major Courses
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
or ENGL 190 HONORS WRITING SEMINAR
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Basic Statistics Requirement
Select one of the following: 3-4
BASIC STATISTICS
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
STATISTICS FOR FAMILY SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICE
BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
SOCIAL STATISTICS
Total Units12-13
Foundational Family Studies Courses
FMST 101INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES3
or FMST 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY STUDIES
FMST 301FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS3
FMST 302FAMILY THEORIES3
FMST 303CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN FAMILY POLICY3
FMST 305PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
FMST 325ETHICS IN HUMAN SERVICES3
FMST 485RESEARCH METHODS IN FAMILY STUDIES3
Human Development
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
Select one from the following:3
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION
INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION
DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT
INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
MIDLIFE DEVELOPMENT
Diversity
Select one from the following:3
FAMILIES IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
FAMILY HEALTH ISSUES
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER FAMILIES
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES
DIVERSITY, CULTURE, AND TEAM DYNAMICS
CASE MANAGEMENT FOR FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES
Advanced Methods
FMST 490FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION METHODOLOGY3-4
or FMST 495 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN FAMILY SCIENCE
Experiential Component
Select one of the following sequences:6
Internship (must have 2.5 minimum GPA in required major coursework)
PREPARING HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS: PRE-INTERNSHIP
INTERNSHIP IN FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES
Nonprofit and Community Services
INTRODUCTION TO THE NONPROFIT SECTOR
COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
Electives
Select any two upper-level Family Studies and Community Development (FMST) courses not already used to fulfill a requirement6-7
Total Units45-47

Introduction to Child Life Track (Optional)

Required Courses
FMST 140MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS1
FMST 240INTRODUCTION TO CHILD LIFE3
FMST 340THE HOSPITALIZED CHILD AND FAMILY 13
FMST 360DIVERSITY, CULTURE, AND TEAM DYNAMICS 13
GERO 367DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT 13
PSYC 205INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP3
Required Child and Adolescent Development Courses
PSYC 403INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT 13
PSYC 404ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 13
Total Units22

Other Recommended Courses for the Introduction to Child Life Track

ECED 201EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION3
ECED 315INFANCY AND TODDLERHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND INTERVENTION3
FMST 345INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY3
1

In addition to fulfilling track requirements, these courses may also be used to fulfill the Human Development, Diversity, and/or Electives requirements in the major. Please consult the Department of Family Studies and Human Development with any questions. 

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 Department of Family Studies and Community Development offers a choice of two experiential components within the Family and Human Services major. The first option is FMST 250 paired with FMST 387. FMST 387 focuses on service learning through program development. Students participate directly with community organizations and agencies. 

The second option is FMST 297 paired with FMST 397. In FMST 397Family 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.

Family & Human Services Major Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 101 or 1023FMST 325 (Core 14)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 33Core 53
Core 43Core 103
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Basics Statistics Course13-4Human Development Course3
PSYC 2033Core 83-4
Core 74Core 123
Core 113Core 133
Elective3 
 16-17 12-13
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST 3013
FMST 3053FMST 3033
FMST Diversity Course3FMST UL Elective 3-4
FMST UL Elective3-4Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 15-16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 250 or 2973FMST 490 or 4954
FMST 485 (Core 9)3FMST 387 or 3973
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 16
Total Units 119-123
1

Must be taken prior to FMST 485.

Introduction to Child Life Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 101 or 1023FMST 325 (Core 14)3
PSYC 101 (Core 6)3SOCI 1013
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 33Core 53
Core 43Core 103
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Basic Statistics Course 13-4FMST 2403
FMST 1401FMST 360 (Core 13)3
PSYC 2033PSYC 2053
Core 74Core 83-4
Core 113Core 123
 14-15 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3023FMST 2973
FMST 3053FMST 3013
FMST Diversity Course3FMST 3033
FMST UL Elective3-4FMST 485 (Core 9)3
Human Development Course3PSYC 4033
 15-16 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
FMST 3973FMST 4904
FMST 3403PSYC 4043
FMST UL Elective3-4Elective3
GERO 3673Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 16
Total Units 120-124
1

Must be taken prior to FMST 485.

  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.