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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 252 or CHLD 255 or PSYC 355, junior standing.
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)
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. (001571)
An introduction to the psychological processes and phenomena associated with middle and older adulthood. 3 hours lecture. (004457)
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
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 interactions 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
Important issues, theories, and research related to the psychology of women are examined. Common stereotypes, myths, and typical societal expectations are explored in terms of biological, social, psychological, and development determinants. Additionally, the social construction of gender categories, female sexuality, victimization of women, mental health of women, and issues related to education, work, and family are examined. Information in this course should serve as a catalyst for constructive change by revealing deficiencies in psychological research and theories relevant to gender, sexuality, cultural, and ethnic issues. 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
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 observations are included. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (001442)
Examination of the theories and empirical research relevant to physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Influences such as family, peers, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and media are also examined. The interaction between nature and nurture on developmental outcomes is interwoven throughout the course. 3 hours lecture. (007925)

1 course selected from:

Marriage and Family

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This is an introductory course to marriage and family, including psychological, physiological, and social aspects of close personal relationships. The topics include dating, courtship, marriage, family life, dual career marriages, single parenting, and other contemporary issues. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (001443)
The interrelationship of psychological, physiological, and cultural factors in romantic relationship development and family relations. 3 hours lecture. (007937)

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 including 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)
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, expressions, and controversies. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (008937)

Advising Requirement:

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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