Child and Family Studies

Encourages investigation into the many facets of contemporary domestic living. Courses offered within this area explore such topics as home and family welfare, parental dynamics, community involvement, and childhood development.

Courses for this concentration include

AGED 371 - Agricultural and Youth Leadership Hours: 3

Application of leadership principles with emphasis on interpersonal and personal skills, organizational structure, and FFA and 4-H Club activities.

CJ 326 - Juvenile Delinquency Hours: 3

The study of the nature, extent, causation, treatment, and prevention of juvenile delinquency. Prerequisite CJ 101.

COUN 316 - Parent and Family Dynamics Hours: 3

Approaches to parenting; assessment and development of parenting skills;communication systems; study of children and families with various cultural patterns and lifestyles.

COUN 414 - Home and Family Living Hours: 3

Functional study of modern family with special attention to roles, marriage preparation and partner selection. Emphasis on marital adjustment and other essentials of successful home and family life. Examination of current, relative issues of human relations including family planning, sex education, divorce,communications, and marriages under special circumstances.

ECE 313 - Child Development: Early Years Hours: 3

This course examines theoretical and empirical research along with practical experience relating to young children. Cognitive, physical, social and affective developmental domains are explored and implications for curriculum design and learning environments are drawn. Texas Common Course Number (TECA 1354 non-advance credit)

ECE 313 - Child Development: Early Years Hours: 3

This course examines theoretical and empirical research along with practical experience relating to young children. Cognitive, physical, social and affective developmental domains are explored and implications for curriculum design and learning environments are drawn. Texas Common Course Number (TECA 1354 non-advance credit)

ECE 364 - Survey of Theories Influencing Childhood Development   Hours: 3

This course provides a survey of learning theories and processes. Special emphasis will be placed on cognitive theory as related to learning and performance. Basic theories and beliefs will be linked to programs they have helped form. Special emphasis will be placed on current emerging theories of early childhood development. Texas Common Course Number (TECA 1311 non-advance credit)

ECE 366 - Learning Environments Hours: 3

This course assists students in planning, designing and evaluating environments for young children. Early childhood organization, management, procedures and physical facilities are explored along with a survey of materials and equipment.

ECE 460 - Early Childhood Curriculum Hours: 3

This course emphasizes an integrated approach to early childhood curriculum development for young children. Relates early childhood pedagogy, research, and content area knowledge to thematic and inquiry curriculum design. Prerequisite ECE 366.

ENG 305 - Children’s Literature Hours: 3

A survey of children’s literature. The course includes various authors and illustrators in such genres as the oral tradition, fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, poetry, and the picture book. Prerequisite Eng 1302.

ENG 305 - Children’s Literature Hours: 3

A survey of children’s literature. The course includes various authors and illustrators in such genres as the oral tradition, fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, poetry, and the picture book. Prerequisite Eng 1302.

HHPH 331 - Nutrition Hours: 3

Basic facts and principles of human nutrition are presented. Study includes the physiological and psychological factors of food intake and utilization with emphasis on nutrition education for dietary improvements of groups and individuals.

HHPH 332 - Nutrition in the School and Community Hours: 3

A study of the nutritional status and needs of community groups: preschool and school children, socially and economically deprived, and the aged. Development of resource materials will also be included.

HHPH 362 - Human Diseases Hours: 3

A study of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Emphasis is placed on causative factors of various diseases, means of transmission, and prevention. Prerequisite HHPH 172, or HHPK 172, or BSC 2401

HHPK 324 - Health and Kinesiology for Children Hours: 3

A course designed to acquaint elementary education majors with current health information and activities appropriate for the pre-kindergarten through fourth grade child. Principles of kinesiology, analysis of motor skills, and age appropriate interdisciplinary activities will be explored one-half of the semester.

PSY 300 - Learning Processes and Development Hours: 3

A course designed to provide the student with information about the application of psychological theory to the learning processes and development of children and adolescents. Principles and procedures of measurement and evaluation are also included. The primary objective is to facilitate a clear understanding of the complex, dynamic processes of learning and development. Note This course is required as part of the Teacher Preparation Program

PSY 319 - Child and Adolescent Development Hours: 3

How children grow and develop, the stages in the process, and the factors which influence growth and development are considered.

PSY 321 - Psychology of Adolescence Hours: 3

The course considers the patterns of “teenage” growth and development and the factors which influence them.

PSY 322 - Lifespan Development Hours: 3

The course follows the life span development of the individual, emphasizing the theoretical and experimental approaches to the study of cognitive, personality, social, perceptual, and physical components of development from conception to death.

PSY 443 - Psychology of Death and Dying Hours: 3

This is the study of the processes of dying and the influence of the threat of death on human behavior. Note Junior standing.

SOC 316 - Marriage and Family Hours: 3

This course is a general introduction to marriage and family relationships in the United States, along with comparative examples of other cultures for critical thinking. Topics covered include an overview of the institution of marriage and family, theoretical perspectives on the institution, research approaches in studying the institution, gendered identities, love and intimacy, human sexuality, dating and courtship, the single life, kinship responsibilities, cohabitation, communication, dual career marriages, conflict and divorce, aging process, and marital adjustment and enrichment.

SPED 346 - Introduction to Exceptional Children Hours: 3

A survey of exceptional populations with attention given to the cause of these deviations and their effect upon the individual’s development.

SWK 361 - Issues in Family Treatment Hours: 3

This elective course is designed to enable students to understand the theories and processes of helping families. Information is provided on diverse family structures and work with families facing divorce, death, domestic violence, and other social problems. Social Work elective.

SWK 362 - Child Welfare Hours: 3

This elective course introduces the student to the practice field of child welfare. Topics include child protection laws and their enforcement, and problems of family and parent functioning that impinge on children’s well-being and the policies and services that relate to these problems. Social Work elective.