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The Minor in Family Relations

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or CHLD 255 or PSYC 355, faculty permission.
This course is an advanced study of the interpersonal relationships among family members. Topics of reading and discussion include theories and research on family structure and function, family crises, child raising patterns, family finances, and other related topics as per instructor choice. 3 hours discussion. (001462)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This capstone seminar integrates interdisciplinary approaches to family studies through the examination of topics such as cohabitation, marriage, alternative family forms, parenting, sexuality, child development, personality, gender, and aging. Family policy issues are also emphasized. 3 hours seminar. (009078)

2 courses selected from:

Select one course from two of the following areas.


SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Studies the changes people face as they age in modern society, as individual social beings and as members of a larger society; how social change (economic, political, technological) affects older people in their aging patterns; emphasis is on the social aspects of problems and prospects for America's elders. 3 hours lecture. Formerly HCSV 443. (001571)
An introduction to the psychological processes and phenomena associated with middle and older adulthood. 3 hours lecture. (004457)
How is the human life course, shaped by society and historical time periods? This course examines the dynamic nature between individual lives, social generations, and social change. Cultural and structural influences on personal identities are considered, as well as life transitions and aging. 3 hours lecture. (008992)
Examines major social policies, legislation, programs, models of service delivery, and funding related to the needs and concerns of older adults living in the US. Barriers to service availability and delivery to older populations-at-risk, and types of advocacy efforts to promote policy change are addressed. 3 hours lecture. (001570)


SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Examines the categories of "body" and "self" cross-culturally, the emergence of "sexuality" as a sphere of personal definition, and the varied constructions of self and emotion in America and cross-culturally. 3 hours lecture. (000514)
Introduction to the nature and development of personality, with emphasis on the normal adult, including theories of personality, techniques of assessment, and a survey of current research. 3 hours lecture. (007944)
This course explores the relationship between the individual and society by focusing on how people create and sustain their daily lives. The emphasis is on interacations with others, and the effect of individual behavior upon group dynamics. Socialization, identities and the self, emotions, conformity, and communication are explored. 3 hours lecture. (008994)


SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Examination of the conflicts in the development of the female personality. Common stereotypes, myths, and typical societal expectations will be explored in terms of biological, social, psychological, and developmental determinants. Men and women will be expected to examine their own gender roles and to evaluate the psychological impact of these determinants on their own lives and personalities. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (007907)
This course is also offered as WMST 230.
Taking an in-depth look, this course explores women's lives in today's world across categories of class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age. Students also discuss such topics as gender, body politics, violence against women, poverty, religion, and power as they relate to women. Special attention is given to social activism and emerging policies here in the U.S. and elsewhere. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008968)

1 course selected from:

Child Development

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Registration in CHLD 251 for Child Development majors and minors.
A study of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from conception through adolescence. The course examines genetic, biological, and environmental influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observation in the Associated Students Children's Center/Child Development Laboratory is met through enrollment in CHLD 251. 3 hours discussion. (001440)
Physical, mental, social, and emotional factors of human growth and development from infancy through adolescence. Supervised experience working with children is strongly encouraged. 3 hours lecture. (007925)

1 course selected from:

Marriage and Family

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The interrelationship of psychological, physiological, and cultural factors in marriage and family relations. 3 hours lecture. (007937)
This course examines the family as an institution and as a personal and intimate arena of meaning and interaction. With an emphasis on the U.S. and their own experiences, students examine issues of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and social class; historical changes in family structure and function; and power relations within the family and society at large. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008961)

1 course selected from:

Sex Roles

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Overview of human sexuality, including psychosexual development, gender roles, reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases inlcuding HIV/AIDS, relationships, sexual orientation, sex and the law, sexually explicit materials, and sexual dysfunction. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (004384)
Prerequisites: BIOL 104.
Survey of issues relating to human sexuality, including gender, sexual response, societal and individual value sytems, sexual orientation, cross-cultural comparisons, reproduction, and disease prevention. Analysis of sexuality education principles, programs, national and state guidelines, and controversial issues. Exploration of personal values and skills related to sexuality education. 3 hours discussion. (001609)
This course uncovers the complexity and impact of sexuality on our experiences and on broader social life. Addressing biological, psychological, and cultural aspects, this course examines how society influences cultural and individual sexual meanings, identities, expresssions, and controversies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008937)

Note: Advising is mandatory for all Family Relations minors.

Internship Policy

With the approval of the appropriate academic advisor, it is possible to enroll for academic credit in an internship course which is related to your program of study in the Social Sciences. Internships are permitted or required in about half of the Social Science Depth fields, all of the minors, and in the Social Science MA program. In some cases, internships may be repeated for credit more than once.

The general guidelines for internships in the undergraduate and graduate Social Science and Special Programs includes appropriate class standing, the completion of an appropriate amount of program course work prior to the internship, working approximately 135 hours for each 3 units of credit, the submission of a written proposal to the faculty supervisor describing the job duties and educational objectives associated with the internship, demonstration that the host agency/location is willing to accept the intern and that the duties are acceptable to them, have submitted to the faculty supervisor an evaluation of the intern's work by the agency/location supervisor, and submit to the faculty supervisor a paper of adequate length which describes the character of the internship and its relationship to the academic program within which the student is working. Graduate internships require graduate standing, the demonstration that the quality of experience merits graduate credit, and demonstration that the internship fits into the overall graduate program.

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