FAMILY STUDIES (FAST)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
Co-Directors 2013-2014: Dr. Tonia Bock (PSYC), John Roach Center(JRC) LL08, (651) 962-5038
Dr. Jolynn Gardner (HLTH), Anderson Recreation Center (ARC) 206C, (651) 962-5958

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/familystudies/

Family studies is an interdisciplinary field of study in which the family is the primary unit of analysis. The purpose of this major and minor is to enable students to critically examine the family using a variety of theories and methods. Family studies scholars can develop understanding of business and communication dynamics, health and social concerns, and psychological and theological matters affecting families and their members. A major and minor in family studies are flexible and multidisciplinary, providing for both broad exposure and disciplinary integration. Both the major and minor provide preparation for advanced study in family studies and the allied fields, as well as professional work in organizations focusing on families.

Major in Family Studies

A student may take no more than three courses from a single discipline toward the major in Family Studies. The major in family studies does not provide a license for a student to do therapy or counseling; it does provide a foundation for employment in the human services field and/or for graduate studies in multiple areas where a license can be earned, if so desired. Students will select elective courses in careful consultation with the director of family studies and/or his or her advisor, choosing those that best support the student's future professional, graduate and/or personal goals and aspirations. The elective selections might also include strong recommendations for a double major in another discipline and/or courses in research methods taken in a constituent department - the latter especially recommended for students wishing to pursue graduate work in Family Social Science or Psychology, Social Work, or other related fields.

All students must take 8 credits (2 courses) of the following:

  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)

And 24 credits (6 courses) of the following, in consultation with student's advisor, considering future goals:

  • CATH 234/PHIL 234 Love, Sex and Friendship (4 credits)
  • CDC 305 Chemical Dependency and the Family (4 credits)*
  • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication (4 credits)
  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • ENTR 349 Family Business Management (4 credits)
  • FAST 243, 393, or 495 Individual Study (2 or 4 credits)
  • FAST 498 Experiential Learning/Internship (2 or 4 credits)
  • HLTH 342 Health and Family Education: Curriculum, Assessment, and Administration
  • HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education (4 credits)
  • IDSC 291 The Anatomy of Violence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (4 credits)
  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development (4 credits)
  • PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 204 (Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOWK 2100C Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality (4 credits)*
  • SOWK 340T Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SOWK 401T Generalist Practice I: Small Client Systems (available only to social work majors) (4 credits)
  • SOWK 441T Family Resilience and Diversity (4 credits)
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society (4 credits)
  • THEO 423 Christian Marriage (4 credits)

And 4 credits (1 course): FAST 400 Family Studies Capstone Seminar

TOTAL 36 credits

 

Minor in Family Studies

No more than eight credits may be taken from a single major field. Students interested in a minor in family studies should meet with the director.

Plus 4 credits (1 course) from the following:

  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)

Plus 12 credits (3 courses) from the following:

  • CATH 234 Love, Sex and Friendship
  • CDC 305 Chemical Dependency and the Family (4 credits)
  • COJO 472 Family Communication (4 credits)
  • ENTR 349 Family Business Management (4 credits)
  • FAST 243, 393, 495 Individual Study (2 or 4 credits each)
  • FAST 476 (2 credits each) or 478 (4 credits each) Experiential Learning/Internship
  • HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education (4 credits)
  • IDSC 291 Anatomy of Violence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (4 credits)
  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development (4 credits)
  • PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 204 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits)
  • SOWK 210 Relationship, Intimacy, and Sexuality (4 credits)
  • SOWK 340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SOWK 401 Generalist Practice with Individuals, Groups and Families (4 credits)
  • NOTE: available only to Social Work majors
  • SOWK 441 Family Resiliency and Diversity (4 credits)
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society (4 credits)
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families (4 credits)
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society (4 credits)
  • THEO 423 Christian Marriage (4 credits)

And 4 credits (1 course): FAST 400 Family Studies Capstone

Total 20 credits

Course Number Title Credits
FAST  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FAST  269 Research 2 OR 4
FAST  297 Topics 4
FAST  389 Research 2 OR 4
FAST  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
FAST  400 Seminar in Family Studies 4
FAST  476 Experiential Learning 2
FAST  478 Experiential Learning 4
FAST  491 Research 2 OR 4
FAST  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4