Bachelor & Master of Arts inFamily Science 3+2 option (BA to MA)

The 3+2 program allows high-performing students to have the ability to shorten their timeline for completion of a master’s degree. Admission to the 3+2 program requires: 1) Completion of 64 credits or an associate’s degree, 2) a 3.00 CGPA, 3) a written essay, and 4) an interview (telephone or in person) with the department. The undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred simultaneously upon conclusion of the master’s degree to ensure all student outcomes have been met. Interested students should contact the department or their academic advisor for specific information regarding the 3+2 program.

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Family Science 3+2 option (BA to MA) Curriculum Overview

In a competitive job market, how do new graduates beat out their competition? One way is to up the ante and walk out of college with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is offering a BA to MA (3+2) program in Family Sciences, which provides students two degrees in five years. This option provides an accelerated route to a graduate professional degree, with simultaneous award of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

This program provides a seamless process whereby students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status without having to apply through the Admissions Office.

This 142-credit program (BA 97 credits, MA 45 credits) is offered in a blended format, both in class and online. Both degrees would be awarded at the same time at the graduation ceremony.

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC - 152 Introduction to Sociology 4

This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

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This course provides an introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior. Investigation will focus on the values and norms shared by society's members, the groups and institutions that compose social structure, and the forces that are transforming social reality.

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Traditional Undergraduate Courses taken on Campus
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
COM - 403 Family Communication 4
FAS - 200 Intro to Family Life Ed 3
FAS - 400 Family Systems 4
KHS - 320 Human Life Experience 3
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
SOC - 253 Marriage and Family 4
SOC - 353 Themes in Adult Dev. & Aging 4

Students examine communication patterns in functional families and interpersonal relationships. Reading and discussion are combined with experiential activities. Course units include diverse family systems, health communication, communicating with aging family members and those with disabilities, communication patterns, family roles, power, decision-making, conflict, stress and coping, ecology, and improving family communication. (Prerequisites: (COM103 or COM212) and COM205)

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This course is an introduction to the field of family life education. Students will explore primary theoretical principles using the Life Span Family Life Education framework and professional issues influencing the practice of family life education. Emphasizing key content areas, the students will be introduced to: content area definitions and objectives; examples highlighting the integration of theory and practice in family life education; key resources; and future Issues and challenges for family life educators.

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This course is an analysis of the family. It investigates the family as a system of relationships which interacts across the family life cycle. It includes a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life. Also included is a focus on marriage and family therapy from a systems framework.

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This is a survey course designed to enable students to understand the biological, physiological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of sexuality and human sexual behavior. Students will approach much of the material from a variety of different learning strategies including, research, games, small and large groups discussions, guest speakers, group activities, small assignments/worksheets, etc.

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A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course considers the family as one of the primary social institutions within the larger social system. It explores the family's internal structure and functioning, how it serves the needs of both individuals and society, how it is changing in contemporary American society, and the societal challenges of families in crisis. (Prerequisite: SOC152)

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This course explores a variety of themes in development throughout the lifespan beginning with youth and ending in the last stages of adulthood including aging, death and dying. Lifespan, sociological, psychological, and family science perspectives will be used to examine a variety of themes. (Prerequisite: SOC152)

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Graduate Coursework taken on-campus or online
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
FAS - 506 Families In Society 3
FAS - 507 Seminar in Family Science 3
FAS - 532 Navigating Oceans of Data 3
FAS - 504 Systemic Dynamics 3
FAS - 540 Family Decision Making 3
FAS - 530 Family Comm/Relationships 3
FAS - 560 Intimate Relationships 3
FAS - 551 Seminar in Human Growth 3
FAS - 570 Parent Education 3
FAS - 525 Public Policy/Applied Ethics 3
FAS - 534 Reflexive Assessment & Eval 3
FAS - 576 Methods in Programming 3
ED - 510 Seminar C 3

This course familiarizes the student with an understanding of the history, evolution and demographics of the family. Kinship, family structures, functions and roles are explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the family's relationship to other systems and institutions in the society.

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This seminar is an advanced exploration of the field of family science and family life education. (Pre-requisite: Year 3 of the Family Science 3+2 program)

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The course is designed to introduce the scope and function of information and the research process in family studies. The course will introduce students to types and fundamental concepts and process in the research literature. Problem solving is viewed as one of the primary functions of the research literature information, leading to strategies and action for solutions and change. Students will gain experience developing a framework for consuming the research literature and information in family studies.

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This course is designed to provide an understanding of family strengths and weaknesses in light of internal dynamics of the family. Students will explore the family as a system of relationships extending across the family life cycle. The course includes a survey of current developments in the study of family and analysis of changes in American society and their influences on family life. Emphasis is placed on using family systems processes to examine and understand the internal dynamics of the family that lead to effective family life education program planning, implementation, and assessment.

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This course familiarizes the student with an understanding of the decisions individuals make about developing and allocating resources to meet their goals. The focus of the course is on internal dynamics of family decision-making processes and on the goal-directed behaviors of families in improving their quality of life. Topics include: decision-making, valuing, planning, communication, and organization skills for resource use.

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This course familiarizes the student with an understanding of the psychological, spiritual, and social aspects of developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. An emphasis will be placed on the physiological, psychological, social, and sexual development of relationships across the life span.

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The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the emotional and psychological aspects of intimate relationships. Topics include: dating and courtship; love and romance; and sexual behavior, values and decision-making. An emphasis will be on sexuality and intimacy in interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.

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This course includes a study of human growth and development throughout the life cycle. Consideration of physical, emotional, cognitive, social, moral, sexual, spiritual and personality development is included.

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This course explores how parents teach, guide, and influence their children and adolescents. The course will emphasize parenting as a process, a responsibility, and a role that changes across the life span. Variations in parenting practices will be discussed in the context of building on strengths; empowering parents, and remaining sensitive to individual and community needs.

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This course explores historical development of laws and public policy affecting families. Ethics and ethical implications of social change will be explored. Students will understand the legal definition of the family and laws that affect the status of the family. The course will focus on the role of the family life educator as an advocate for the well-being of the family. The formation of social values, respect for the diversity of values, and the social consequences of value choices are discussed within a family life education framework.

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This course reviews the connection between research methods and the research question or problem. Students will explore the role of assessment and evaluation in early childhood education. Various forms of assessment will be considered with an emphasis on the recursive nature of assessment. Students will experience the process of establishing strategy for a program in early childhood education.

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This course provides a pedagogical framework for planning, implementation, and evaluation of programming for parent and family education.

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This course assists students in synthesizing previous coursework leading to greater self-reflection and assessment of learning. In addition, the student will present and discuss the final MA Capstone eFolio.

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Requirements

The 3+2 program allows high-performing students to have the ability to shorten their timeline for completion of a master’s degree. Admission to the 3+2 program requires:
  1. Completion of 64 credits or an associate’s degree,
  2. a 3.00 CGPA,
  3. a written essay
  4. an interview (telephone or in person) with the department.

The undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred simultaneously upon conclusion of the master’s degree to ensure all student outcomes have been met. Interested students should contact the department or their academic advisor for specific information regarding the 3+2 program.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Michael Walcheski Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Chairperson of Department of Human Services, Professor of Psychology and Family Science

Dr. Walcheski is a nationally recognized expert in Family Science who conducts presentations and professional training sessions at academic conferences and education seminars.

Career Potential

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Education
  • Congregations and Other Religious Settings
  • Corporations
  • Corrections
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Junior and Senior High Schools
  • Military
  • Retirement Communities
  • Social Service Agencies

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