Courses

  • FMST-1113 Introduction to Family Studies

    A comprehensive introduction to the subjects which comprise the study of human development and family betterment. It covers, in very general terms, the spectrum from conception to death and takes a general look at professional possibilities within this broad field. The research base of the discipline is introduced as the student learns the difference between research-based and expository publication. Common statistical terms are studied so that the student can read research journals with elementary understanding. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • FMST-2423 Parent-Child Relations

    Opportunities, responsibilities, and problems faced by parents in guiding the development of children, with emphasis on recent research in the area of parent-child relationships. Same as SOCI-2423. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • FMST-3453 Personal and Family Finances

    This course is designed to help individuals and families learn the basics of managing their finances in a biblical way. Topics covered in this class include: budgeting, investing, insurance, buying your own home, and teaching your children about money. Same as BIBL-3453. This course is normally offered every semester.

  • FMST-3513 Child Welfare

    A study of child welfare services. Particular attention is given to the areas of foster care, adoption, institutional care, care of unwed mothers and protective services. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • FMST-3523 Human Sexuality

    An introductory course including considerations of human sexual development. The course is intended to present a decision-making model with which individuals can make decisions and accept responsibility for their actions. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • FMST-3533 Family Life Education

    This course is designed to provide students with an applied learning experience in the design, development, and implementation of programs geared toward helping children and families. Areas of emphasis include program planning, theory, evaluation, mass media communication, and principles of teaching-instruction. This course is normally offered in the spring semester even numbered years.

  • FMST-3613 Adolescence and Early Adulthood

    This course covers the developmental process of adolescence and early adulthood. The course focuses on biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional issues as they pertain to the ongoing changes in this time of the life cycle. Attention will be given to issues of gender, culture, family relationships, peer relationships, sexuality, and education. Special attention will also be given to issues that young adults face as they venture into collegiate life, career exploration and new family roles. Same as PSYC-3613. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd numbered years.

  • FMST-3723 Gerontology

    A study to include physical and health factors in aging; psychological aspects of aging; marriage, family, and community relationships of older persons; economic and vocational factors in aging; perspectives on death, dying and grief; aging and institutional care; aging and the law; and the future of social intervention, both public and private. Same as PSYC-3723 and SOCI-3723. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • FMST-3913 Family Development

    An introduction to the family development life cycle. The course will focus on the stages that marriages and families progress through and the associated tasks that need to be addressed and successfully negotiated. Attention will be given to dating, marriage, having children, children going to school, adolescence, empty nest and issues of caretaking, grandparenting and aging. The course will also explore the related crises that develop around these developmental transition periods. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • FMST-3933 Cybernetics and Systems Theory

    An introduction to the major underlying theoretical foundations of family therapy. The course will explore the historical development of systems theory and cybernetics from its origins in the 1940s in the thinking of mathematicians, physicists, biologists, and engineers to the pioneering work of Bateson and his colleagues in the late -50s and their application of cybernetics to the family. The course will also introduce the work of Murray Bowen. The basic concepts of systems theory will be discussed and contrasted with the more common Western, analytical approach which has dominated the thinking in psychology since the time of Freud. Same as PSYC-3933. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • FMST-4123 Divorce and Stepfamily Relationships

    An overview of the issues pertaining to divorce and stepfamily relationships. We will address the consequences of divorce on children and adults as well as ways in which adults can create a more healthy post-divorce environment for their children. We will consider the major issues surrounding stepfamilies in today-s society and how healthy relationships can be established in these environments. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • FMST-4323 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy

    An introduction to the field of marital and family therapy. It will present the history of systems therapy, including the importance of systems theory to the continuing development of the discipline. Special emphasis will be placed on the current status of marital and family therapy including the importance of constructivist theories. The course will also present the major theories of marital and family therapy that have defined the field for the last 40 years. This will be a systemic, experiential, discussion-based class that will require active participation from each student. Same as PSYC-4323. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even numbered years.

  • FMST-4653 Research Seminar

    The capstone course in the Family Studies program. Students will learn Spss - the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences - and complete their own individual research project and paper, including the collection and analysis of data. The final goal will be making a presentation of their findings to the appropriate student convention. Much of the class will consist of individual instruction and laboratory work. Same as PSYC-4653. This course is normally offered in the spring semester.

  • FMST-4713 Family Studies Practicum

    A practicum that is a self-selected experience from among approved settings within the areas of child development or gerontology. Commercial infant or child care, child abuse facilities, Department of Human Services facilities, retirement or assisted living facilities are possible acceptable settings. A total of 126 clock hours (9 hours per week) during a semester is required. This course Is offered as needed.

  • FMST-4733 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues

    A study of the contemporary ethical considerations, legal standards and professional issues that influence the work of psychologists, counselors, and other mental health officials. Specific attention will be given to the Ethical Standards of the Apa, Aca, and Aamft, as well as Oklahoma State Law governing the behavior of researchers and psychotherapists. The course will focus on specific ethical dilemmas throughout the class, including - among others - confidentiality, dual relationships, professional relationships, assessment and research. Same as PSYC-4733. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd numbered years.

  • FMST-4900 Independent Study in Family Studies

    Provides mature students an opportunity for individual research and guided readings. (1-3 hours) This course is offered as needed.

  • FMST-4921 IS:Family Therapy

    Independent Study in Family Therapy for FMST

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