Family & Child Development Courses

FCD 175R Topics in Family Studies (3)
Topics in social and behavioral sciences.

FCD 210 Marriage and Family (GE) (3)
A study of American marriages and families. Attention is given to successful marriage and family relationships based on research examining dating and mate selection, marriage, sexuality, family interaction, family resource management, parenting, divorce, and remarriage.

FCD 220 Introduction to Social Work (3)

FCD 250 Child and Adolescent Development (GE) (3)
An introduction to human development. Emphasis is on life span processes within physical, emotional, cognitive, social, personality, and moral development. Major concepts, theories, and principles of child and adolescent development are covered. Cross-listed with EDU 250.

FCD 255 Adolescent Development (3)
The study of adolescent development—including physical, neurological and cognitive, emotional, identity and personality, gender, sexuality, social, and moral development—within the ecological contexts of family, school, community, religion, and other relational networks.

FCD 275R Topics in Family and Child Development (3)
Topics in the family and childhood development.

FCD 290 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
Philosophies of critical inquiry. Principles of designing, conducting, and reporting social science investigations. Attention is given to evaluating research reports in the social sciences.

FCD 310 Family Process (3)
A study of marital and family processes – such as generations, emotions, communication, conflict, sexual intimacy, and rituals – as families develop across major life transitions such as marriage, parenting, divorce, and remarriage. Attention is given to the development of healthy family processes. Prerequisite: FCD 210 or instructor approval.

FCD 314 Parenting (3)
Research-based knowledge, strategies, and skills designed to promote quality parent-child relationships and optimal child development. Cross-linked with EDU 314. Prerequisite: one of the following: EDU 201 or FCD/EDU 250, or must be a parent and obtain instructor approval.

FCD 337 Families and Sexuality (3)
A study of human sexuality across the lifespan as it relates to critical issues for American marriages, families, and society. Prerequisites: FCD 310 or instructor approval.

FCD 342 Adult Development and Aging (3)
A study of adjustment to physical, emotional, social and economic changes. Needs arising from changes in family relationships, living arrangements, and employment; retirement planning. Prerequisite: FCD 250 or instructor approval.

FCD 365 Childhood Across Cultures (3)
An examination of development from a global perspective, with a focus on understanding how individual development is situated in particular social contexts. The course is based on a cultural perspective that integrates psychological and anthropological thought. Students will examine and appreciate the diversity of children’s lived experiences across the world and deepen their understanding of their own location in and responsibility to the larger world through varied readings, film clips, reflective experiences, and writing assignments.

FCD 375R Topics in Family & Child Development (3)
Topics in the social and behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

FCD 385R Directed Study (3)
Directed study in family and child development. Prerequisite: instructor approval before registration.

FCD 399 Internship/Practicum in Family and Child Development (3)
Internship or practicum in field of potential employment or advanced study. Internship proposal must be approved before registration. Prerequisite: approval of program coordinator.

FCD 485R Research Practicum (3)
Research experience in a project directed by a faculty member. Instructor approval must be obtained before registration. Prerequisites: FCD 290 and instructor approval.

FCD 498 Family Life Education (3)
The study of relationships between core knowledge, educational practice, and audience characteristics in family life education. Translation of research-based knowledge about successful family relationships and human development into education materials and presentations suitable for families. Opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate a family life education presentation. Prerequisites: FCD 210, FCD 220, FCD 250, FCD 290, FCD 310, FCD 314, and senior class standing.