Master's Degree - Family and Community Services
Crises Across the LifespanThis course provides students with resources related to managing stress and coping with crises across the lifespan to use in their own lives and the lives of families they serve. Students learn about the biopsychosocial nature of stress; methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and conflict; and models of effective family functioning in the presence of stress and crises.
Family DynamicsStudents examine theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention.
Family Resource ManagementThis course offers a survey of current personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of current consumer finance research from multiple perspectives.
Foundations and Principles of Family and Community ServicesThis course is an introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with families and communities.
Interpersonal RelationshipsThis course is an in-depth examination of interpersonal relationships. It includes theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships.
Lifespan DevelopmentStudents learn about human development, including cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and moral domains from both lifespan and bio-ecological perspectives. The course focuses on major theories of development and current research on micro-macro relationship.
Parenting EducationStudents examine theories, models, methods, research, and skills related to parenting and parent education.
Program Administration and ManagementThis course introduces students to the development, administration, and management of youth, family, and community service organizations. It includes special focus on the roles and responsibilities of administrators and managers.
Program Design, Evaluation and ImplementationThis course is an overview of the program development process and outcome evaluation of community, children, and family programs. Students develop knowledge through participating in a community-based project involving the practical application of program design and evaluation methods.
Resilience in FamiliesIn this course, students explore the evolution of a resilience approach to the study of families and human development across the life cycle.
Nongovernmental Organizations and Families: A Global PerspectiveThis course centers on roles of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. and globally. The course reviews mission, scope of work, and activities of NGOs as they pertain to poverty alleviation, health promotion, community development, violence reduction, and disaster relief in different geographic and cultural settings. The course includes how NGO interventions and activities affect families, and how this varies across NGOs by sector and type (for example, human rights and political NGOs, community-based organizations, and faith-based NGOs). Students considering professional careers with NGOs will benefit from the theoretical foundations of the course as well as the practical application of concepts. This course examines the following questions, among others: What are the strengths and limitations of NGOs in local and global settings? What are the negative and positive effects of aid distribution during violent conflict? To what extent are NGOs’ practices reflective of the needs and desires of the families and communities served? What is the voice and role of community members in NGO activities?
Families in PovertyThis course focuses on causes and impact of poverty, the relationship and interrelationship of poverty to individual and family functioning, and programs, actions and proposed actions to break the poverty cycle.
Working with Military FamiliesThis course provides students with initial information necessary to prepare a service-provider for work with military families. Course participants are introduced to the culture, context, and complexities of the contemporary military family. This course equips learners to work in capacities which support military families through times of challenge, helping them foster resilience as they cope with military life.
Grant Development & ManagementThis course introduces students to the grant development and management process. This course is not intended to cover all aspects of grant development and management; it is intended to give students confidence in their grant development abilities and inspire them to learn more. Students learn and use professional writing skills throughout the course.
Family PolicyExamines the development, formation, implementation, and application of policy issues related to the family issues and social problems. Emphasis placed on how policy is made and how professionals can influence policy issues and outcomes.
Independent StudyRequired or elective courses such as creative components, directed studies, practica, research and theses are available through your home university. Consult with your academic advisor about course selection and scheduling.
Program SummaryCost per credit hour:
Average time to complete: 30 months
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