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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.


Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit


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Courses in "FMSC-Family Science"

FMSC - Family Science

FMSC 105 Individuals in Families (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC105 or FMST105. Formerly: FMST105. Personal growth and development within the family context. Exploration of self-awareness, sex-role image, life transitions, and interpersonal and family relations.

FMSC 111 Credit Cards and College Students (1) Recommended: Moderate level of computer literacy, especially Internet and ELMS. Reliable computer and Internet access. Credit only granted for: FMSC111, FMSC341 or FMSC498D. Formerly: FMSC498D. Provides college students with factual information about basic money management skills, emphasizing the responsible use of credit, specifically credit cards. Topics will include financial goals, spending plan, wise use of credit, debt management, consumer credit protection, and ID Theft. Online lessons will include video clips and interactive class activities. Students will learn the basics to build a strong financial future.

FMSC 170 Future of Families: Issues and Controversies (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC170 or FMSC298F. Formerly: FMSC298F. Examination of current trends and controversial issues in family life, including issues of marriage, reproductive technologies, adoption, child custody, remarriage, and marital violence.

FMSC 260 Couple Relationships (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC260 or FMST260. Formerly: FMST260. Couple relationships and their alternatives in contemporary dating, courtship and marriage.

FMSC 280 Global, Child & Family Health: Getting There Via E-Communications (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC280 or FMSC289G. Formerly: FMSC289G. Students will learn about global maternal, child and family health issues and how these issues may affect their lives. Interdisciplinary teams of students will collaborate to develop programs aimed at improving global family health through the use of information and communications technologies.

FMSC 290 Family Economics (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC290 or FMST290. Formerly: FMST290. Application of economic methodology to study families under various economic situations. Examination of how decisions about marriage, divorce, fertility, consumption and time use are influenced by labor/housing markets, tax structure, social welfare benefits and other economic considerations.

FMSC 298 Special Topics in Family Science (1-3) Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Formerly: FMST298. Topics of special interest under the general guidance of the Department of Family Studies.

FMSC 302 Research Methods in Family Science (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed an introductory statistics course. Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC302 or FMST302. Formerly: FMST302. Introduction to the methods of the social and behavioral sciences employed in family science. The role of theory, the development of hypotheses, measurement, design, and data analysis.

FMSC 330 Family Theories and Patterns (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Credit only granted for: FMSC330 or FMST330. Formerly: FMST330. Theory and research on the family, including a cross-cultural analysis of family patterns.

FMSC 332 Children in Families (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100 or FMSC105. Credit only granted for: FMSC332 or FMST332. Formerly: FMST332. A family life education approach to the study of children and families. Emphasis on the interaction of children with parents, siblings, extended kin, and the community.

FMSC 341 Personal and Family Finance (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC341 or FMST341. Formerly: FMST341. Individual and family financial strategies with emphasis on financial planning, savings, investments, insurance, income taxes, housing, and use of credit. Planning, analyzing, and controlling financial resources to resolve personal/family financial problems and to attain financial security.

FMSC 381 Poverty, Affluence, and Families (3) Prerequisite: SOCY100 or SOCY105. Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC381 or FMST381. Formerly: FMST381. Social, political, cultural and economic factors influencing income and wealth in American families.

FMSC 383 Delivery of Human Services to Families (3) Prerequisite: FMSC330. Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC383 or FMST383. Formerly: FMST383. Processes of service delivery with special emphasis upon relationships among managers, service providers and clients. The impact of human service systems on families.

FMSC 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Family Science department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Credit only granted for: FMSC386 or FMST386. Formerly: FMST386.

FMSC 399 Independent Study (1-6) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Family Science department. Repeatable to 12 credits. Formerly: FMST399.

FMSC 410 Maternal, Child and Family Health (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC410 or FMSC498A. Formerly: FMSC498A. Overview of major issues, policies, and programs related to the health of women, children, and their families in the United States. Review of social, political, and economic determinants of maternal and child health and health disparities. Use of epidemiological methods and data to identify best practices for guiding maternal and child health policy and practice.

FMSC 425 Military and Veteran Family Services (3) Recommended: Moderate level of computer literacy, especially Internet and ELMS. Reliable computer and Internet access. Credit only granted for: FMSC425 or FMSC498W. Formerly: FMSC498W. Overview of issues impacting contemporary military families including during times of war. Identification of challenges faced by military families related to deployment/reunion and mental and physical health, as well as support systems available. Examination of skills and strategies for working with service members, veterans, and military families.

FMSC 430 Gender Issues in Families (3) Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100. Also offered as: WMST430. Credit only granted for: FMSC430, FMST430, or WMST430. Formerly: FMST430. The development of historical, cultural, developmental, and psychosocial aspects of masculinity and femininity within the context of contemporary families and the implications for interpersonal relations.

FMSC 431 Family Crises and Intervention (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100. Credit only granted for: FMSC431 or FMST431. Formerly: FMST431. Family crises such as divorce, disability, substance abuse, financial problems, intra-familial abuse, and death. Theories and techniques for intervention and enhancement of family coping strategies.

FMSC 432 Adult Development and Aging in Families (3) Prerequisite: PSYC100; and (SOCY100 or SOCY105). And FMSC332; or must have completed a comparable development course. Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC432 or FMST432. Formerly: FMST432. Theory, research, history, and programming related to adult development and aging in the intergenerational context of family.

FMSC 440 Death and Loss in Family Life (3) Recommended: Moderate level of computer literacy, especially Internet and ELMS. Reliable computer and Internet access. Credit only granted for: FMSC440 or FMSC498B. Formerly: FMSC498B. Examination of how families experience grief and loss resulting from the death of a family member, including health and financial consequences. Overview of historical, social, psychological, cultural, medical, and legal dimensions of death in families from diverse backgrounds. Exploration of how the health care system and funeral home industry assist families in managing death and loss.

FMSC 445 Sexuality: Issues in Family Therapy and Service Delivery (3) Prerequisite: A basic course in human sexuality; and permission of instructor. Also offered as: FMSC645. Credit only granted for: FMSC445 or FMSC498T. Formerly: FMSC498T. Typical, dysfunctional, and pathological sexual functioning, including effects on individuals, couples, and family systems. Sensitizes students to sexual issues, explores how perceptions of such issues affect work with people, and emphasizes implications for marriage and family therapy.

FMSC 452 Family Policy Analysis (3) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC452 or FMST452. Formerly: FMST452. Examination of public, private, and nonprofit sector policies and their impact on the quality of family life. Emphasis on policy formation, implementation, and evaluation.

FMSC 460 Violence in Families (3) Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100. Credit only granted for: FMSC460 or FMST460. Formerly: FMST460. Theories of child, spouse, and elder abuse in the family setting. Emphasis on historical, psychological, sociological and legal trends relating to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Introduction to methods for prevention and remediation.

FMSC 477 Internship and Analysis in Family Science (3) Prerequisite: FMSC383; and 9 credits in FMSC courses; and permission of SPHL-Family Science department. Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Family Science department. Credit only granted for: FMSC477, FMST347, or FMST477. Formerly: FMST477. A supervised internship and a seminar requiring analysis. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice including 120 hours of contracted field experience. Summer or fall internship contracts due May 1; Spring contracts due December 1. See department for application procedures.

FMSC 480 Work and Family Issues and Programs (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC480 or FMST480. Formerly: FMST480. The purpose, nature, organization and administration of work site, or employer-based, family support resources, including child and elder care referral and subsidies, parenting education, health and wellness programs, parental and sick child leaves, and flexible work scheduling.

FMSC 485 Introduction to Family Therapy (3) Prerequisite: FMSC330; or 1 course from PSYC300-499 course range. Credit only granted for: FMSC485 or FMST485. Formerly: FMST485. The fundamental theoretical concepts and clinical procedures of marital and family therapy including premarital and divorce therapy issues.

FMSC 487 Legal Aspects of Family Problems (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC487 or FMST487. Formerly: FMST487. Laws and legal procedures, with emphasis on adoption, marriage, divorce, annulment, and property rights, and how they affect family life.

FMSC 490 Family and Addiction (3) Prerequisite: SOCY100, SOCY105, or PSYC100; or permission of instructor. Theory, research, and clinical practice in the area of addictions and recovery as they relate to family processes.

FMSC 497 The Child and the Law (3) Credit only granted for: FMSC497 or FMST497. Formerly: FMST497. Legislation and case law regarding children's legal rights with emphasis on the rights of children in the juvenile justice system, and rights to medical, educational, and other social services.

FMSC 498 Special Topics: Family Science (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Family Science department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Formerly: FMST498. Special course topics in family studies.

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