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Family Studies and Human Development Courses

The curriculum for FSHD majors is designed to provide a strong foundation in theory, research, issues, and applications related to family/interpersonal processes and human development across the lifespan. Complementary coursework provides students with a grounding in social/behavioral and biological sciences, as well as basic skills in research, writing, and communication. Students also complete a focused sequence of coursework in a career-related area of specialization.

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The Academic Program Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in FSHD consist of:

  • 36 units of general education coursework (not including coursework needed to demonstrate second language proficiency).
  • 25 units of FSHD pre-major coursework.  
  • 27 units of FSHD major coursework, consisting of courses in lifespan development and family relations. 
  • 9-11 units of complementary coursework in biological sciences and writing skills.
     
  • 18 units in a thematic minor or a minor in another discipline.


You can download the latest checklist of courses required for the Family Studies and Human Development major. Please note that this checklist may change according to the year that you are enrolled. This checklist will provide you with the information on what courses you need to take, and what requirements you need to meet, in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Family Studies and Human Development.

A note on "Department Consent" - Any courses with the section number containing “900’s” are available to non-UA students in the Outreach college only. The “Department Consent” is a standard note written in for those courses but no department consent can actually be given to allow students to enroll in those courses. You should be able to enroll yourself in the standard section which is for UA students if a seat becomes available which does not contain a 900 number.

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For the most up-to-date listing of courses offered in Family Studies and Human Development, and for course descriptions, please consult the UA General Catalog.

FSHD Course Descriptions

FSHD 117 Lifespan Human Development
  Behavioral science approach to human development through the life span.

FSHD 150B1  Men, Fatherhood & Families: Biocultural Perspectives
  This course provides a synthesis of our understanding of men in their role as fathers in families from biological and cultural perspectives. The biological perspective explores the evolutionary history and adaptive dimensions of human fatherhood, including comparisons with forms of parenting and family life in other primate species, male life history strategies, and the contributions of genetic, developmental, physiological and ecological factors to fatherhood. The cultural perspective examines the ways in which fatherhood, marriage, and families vary across cultures, in relation to differences in social traditions and practices, socio-political systems, and modes of subsistence. The synthesis of these two perspectives consists of understanding socio-cultural variability in human paternal behavior in the context of human evolutionary adaptations to past and ongoing social and ecological pressures. Through in-class group activities and homework assignments students will apply current theories and data concerning fatherhood to their own lives, and will pursue their implications for society at large.

FSHD 193 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 194 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 197A Introduction to Family Studies and Human Development
  In this one-unit course, students will be introduced to the major and field of Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD). Students will learn more about the University, the FSHD major (including careers one can pursue with this degree, information on research and internships, current events, etc.), and how to be successful in college (study skills, communication skills, ethics, etc.). All students will be paired with an FSHD Junior or Senior who will serve as that student┬┐s mentor for the semester. In addition to attending class, mentors and mentees will meet outside of class. This class combines class activities and discussions with out-of-class experiences and writing assignments. Characteristics

FSHD 199 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 200 Evolution and Human Development
  An examination of human psychological and behavioral development across the lifespan with a focus on how the processes of evolution have influenced individual development.

FSHD 237 Close Relationships
  Behavioral science approach to close relationship development.

FSHD 257 Dynamics of Family Relations
  The modern family and its relationships with emphasis on marriage and interpersonal relationships.

FSHD 280 Chicano/a Psychology
  Introduction to Mexican American studies from various perspectives. Research issues and interpretation in the field; public policy and Mexican origin populations; and social sciences and the professions and impact upon the Mexican American community.

FSHD 288 Observation/Participation in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  Functions and characteristics of family and consumer sciences education and family educators in school- and community-based programs; structuring learning settings to meet student/client needs.

FSHD 293 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 294 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 299 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 299H Honors Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 323 Infancy/ Child Development
  Growth, development, and socialization of the child within the family setting, from conception to the middle school years; observations of infants and preschoolers.

FSHD 323L Child Development Laboratory Experience
  This laboratroy experience provides training in observing and recording young children's behaviors.

FSHD 338G Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FSHD 347 Neuroethics
  This course has three central objectives. The first and foremost of these is to introduce students to the emerging field of "neuroethics," whose subject matter consists of ethical issues that have arisen, and continue to arise, on account of rapid developments in neuroscience. Such issues include (but are not limited to) ethical issues surrounding: pharmacological "enhancement" of healthy individuals, "memory blunting" of those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, "brain reading" (in forensic contexts) of persons suspected of deception, reduced criminal responsibility in light of putative neurological "dysfunction," and the undermining of traditional views regarding personhood, personality, morality, and spirituality. The second objective is to encourage students to think critically about these particular issues. Students will be asked to critique arguments offered on behalf of various positions, as well as to construct arguments for alternative positions. Importantly, such critiquing and constructing will be done from an appropriately informed perspective. Thus, before addressing particular debates in neuroethics, students will learn the relevant neuroscience. A third and final objective is to encourage students to articulate, in clear and concise prose, their considered views concerning various issues in neuroethics. This will be achieved through frequent in-class writing assignments and exams that include a substantive (take-home) essay component. In both cases, students will receive critical feedback and may also be asked to provide such feedback to fellow students. The expected learning outcomes reflect these three course objectives. First, students will acquire an understanding of core issues in the emerging field of neuroethics. Second, they will acquire a critical perspective with respect to the various approaches taken to these issues. Third, they will acquire (or refine) the analytical and rhetorical skills necessary for the written expression of their considered views on a variety of such issues.

FSHD 367 Family, Workplace, and Public Policy
  This course will explore some of the many issues at the intersection of family, work, and public policy.

FSHD 377 Adolescence
  Growth, development and socialization of the child from the middle school years through adolescence.

FSHD 384 Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices
  Theories and applications of leadership and communication applied to professional decision-making, planning and control in the workplace. Examination of personal and professional qualities essential for successful internship and career planning. Roles, responsibilities, and ethical standards for professionals will be examined.

FSHD 392 Directed Research
  The goal of this course is to prepare undergraduate students to work on faculty research projects. Time will be spent on Human Subjects Protection certification, research ethics, a general training in data collection, basic data analyses, and report writing. The course is intended as a first step for students who are interested in the opportunity to acquire research experience and who may wish to pursue graduate programs or career tracks where research training is needed.

FSHD 393 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 394 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 399 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 399H Honors Independent Study

  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 401 Basic Skills in Counseling
  Selected counseling skills and their applications. Designed for students needing basic skills in counseling as an adjunct to other primary occupational functions. Approved as: Interdisciplinary course in FSHD major--Advanced Complementary perspectives.

FSHD 403 Preadolescence and Adolescent Development
  Major developmental tasks within the preadolescent and adolescent years. Emphasis on the importance of theoretically grounded research and the integration of theory, research and practice.

FSHD 405 Theories of Counseling
  Techniques for the study of human behavior; implications for improving adult-child relationships, applying various theories of counseling.

FSHD 408 Program Planning and Evaluation
  Basis for and process involved in developing and/or evaluation of individual and family focused programs for schools and communities.

FSHD 409 Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners.

FSHD 409-CC Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners.

FSHD 413 Issues in Aging
  This course covers a wide range of issues associated with aging, including physical/health changes, social/familial contexts, retirement/economic circumstances as well as the socio-historical and gender-ethnicity factors that affect the experience of aging.

FSHD 427A Problems in Adult Development and Relations
  Identification and analysis of major problem areas in marriage and the family, including economic, sexual, role conflict, emotional disorders, and child rearing.

FSHD 427C Problems in Child/Adolescent Development and Relations
  Identification, analysis, and treatment of problems in child and adolescent development and relationships.

FSHD 428 Professional Presentations and Techniques
  Theory and practice of educational methods in formal and non-formal settings in positions in business, government and human services.

FSHD 428-CC Professional Presentations and Techniques
  Theory and practice of educational methods in formal and non-formal settings in positions in business, government and human services.

FSHD 430 Legal Issues Affecting the Family
  This course will focus on the ways in which law defines and regulates families. Specific areas to be considered include, marriage and non-marital relationships, parental relationships, laws regulating family obligations, and laws governing the dissolution of marriage. The course will consider the evolving nature of "family" and the ways in which law and public policy affects how and with whom we live our lives.

FSHD 447A Sociocultural Context of Development
  In-depth examination of human development from a sociocultural perspective; focus on socialization processes in childhood and adolescence and the role of the social and cultural context in those processes.

FSHD 447C Biosocial Development
  This course addresses topics in human development (e.g., family relationships, sexual development, competitive behavior, sex differences, the adolescent brain) from evolutionary and biosocial perspectives.

FSHD 450 Human Sexuality and Relations
  Overview of human sexuality from development and interpersonal perspectives, topics to include reproductive physiology and health, sexual function and dysfunction, educational and intervention strategies.

FSHD 487 Advanced Family Relations
  Critical analysis of selected studies and current research in family relations.

FSHD 489 Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  Teaching vocational family and consumer sciences under supervision in approved programs in secondary schools in Arizona.

FSHD 491 Preceptorship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

FSHD 492 Directed Research
  Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

FSHD 492-SA Directed Research
  Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.

FSHD 493 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 493E Externship in Family Studies and Human Development
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in Cooperative Extension and/or similar non-local community services settings.

FSHD 493E-SA Externship in Family Studies and Human Development
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in Cooperative Extension and/or similar non-local community services settings.

FSHD 493L Legislative Internship
  Working experience at the Arizona State Legislature; responsibilities draw upon student's area of major expertise and include preparing written and oral reports, summarizing legislative proposals, and providing information to legislators and legislative committees.

FSHD 494 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 496B Sexual Identity over the Lifespan
  Review of concepts of sexual identity and sexual orientation from an ecological human development perspective.

FSHD 496Z Topics in FSHD
  In-depth coverage of special topics in Family Studies and Human Development (rotating topics).

FSHD 498 Senior Capstone
  A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.

FSHD 498H Honors Thesis
  An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.

FSHD 499 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 499H Honors Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

FSHD 503 Advanced Adolescent Development
  Major developmental tasks within the adolescent years. Emphasis on the importance or theoretically grounded research and the integration of theory, research and practice.

FSHD 505 Theories of Counseling
  Techniques for the study of human behavior; implications for improving adult-child relationships, applying various theories of counseling. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper dealing with a theoretical aspect of Adlerian psychology.

FSHD 507A Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development
  Design issues of general relevance to behavioral research.

FSHD 507B Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Development
  Measurement, sampling, and design issues of particular relevance to family and developmental research.

FSHD 509 Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners. Graduate-level requirements include developing two evaluation instruments (one affective and one psychomotor) and developing two sets of teaching materials, e.g., job training manual.

FSHD 509-CC Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences Program
  Methods of identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences occupational programs, resulting in positive growth and development of learners. Graduate-level requirements include developing two evaluation instruments (one affective and one psychomotor) and developing two sets of teaching materials, e.g., job training manual.

FSHD 513 Issues in Aging
  This course covers a wide range of issues associated with aging, including physical/health changes, social/familial contexts, retirement/economic circumstances as well as the socio-historical and gender-ethnicity factors that affect the experience of aging. Graduate-level requirements include extra required readings and an in-depth term paper.

FSHD 515 The Design of the Mind: Genes, Adaption, and Behavior
  Part I: Basic mechanisms of behavioral evolution, genetics, and natural selection, as well as other factors impinging on the evolutionary process. Part II: Historical approaches that converge upon the broadly defined research program of behavioral evolution, theoretical perspectives, and empirical contributions made by each of these approaches, and current controversies in the field, framed as a single integrated area of study in which multiple approaches and perspectives can contribute to a comprehensive understanding. Graduate-level requirements include in-class oral presentations.

FSHD 528 Professional Presentations and Techniques
  Theory and practice of educational methods in formal and non-formal settings in positions in business, government and human services. Graduate-level requirements include a paper and a 30 to 45-minute presentation on a topic from the outline. In addition, graduate students must design an educational program tailor-made to their interest.

FSHD 537A Statistical Analysis of Family Studies and Human Development
  An analysis of major research strategies, statistical analysis; critical resources relevant to quantitative research, and ethical/professional issues related to the conduct of research.

FSHD 537B Intermediate Quantitative Analysis
  Focus on intermediate univariate and multivariate statistics as applied to research in Family Studies and Human Development. This material builds upon the topics covered in FSHD 537A, and provides a foundation for the study of more advanced quantitative techniques.

FSHD 537L Introductory Statistics Laboratory
  This laboratory course teaches students to implement statistical methods on a computer using SPSS, interpret the SPSS output, prepare summary tables and text, and communicate the results of statistical analyses using APA style.

FSHD 546 Foundations of Family and Interpersonal Theory
  Analysis of theories relevant to family behavior including formation, development and internal processes. Course will focus on developing knowledge of world views, assumptions, themes, concepts, and interrelationships of the theories.

FSHD 547A Sociocultural Context of Development
  In-depth examination of human development from a sociocultural perspective; focus on socialization processes in childhood and adolescence and the role of the social and cultural context in those processes. Graduate-level requirements include additional assignments.

FSHD 547C Biosocial Development
  This course addresses topics in human development (e.g., family relationships, sexual development, competitive behavior, sex differences, the adolescent brain) from evolutionary and biosocial perspectives. Graduate-level requirements include completion of an independent research project.

FSHD 558 Violence and Youth
  Explores the etiology of youth violence from developmental and socio-cultural perspectives, the influence of societal factors such as media, guns, and gangs on violence among youth. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper.

FSHD 563 Biosocial Mechanisms of Stress, Development, and Health
  In this course we take a lifespan/life history and evolutionary-developmental perspective to examine how environmental information guides the developing phenotype. The course begins with an overview of basic evolutionary-developmental concepts. Then we examine one of the great challenges in developmental science: Understanding the operation of the genome and how analysis of genetic and epigenetic variation contributes to our understanding of individual differences in brain development and function, from cell biology to physiology to emotional-cognitive states to behavior. To achieve this we closely examine processes of basic genetics, epigenetics, and how epigenetics is linked to stress regulation. Next we examine the social inequality and the stress-health relationship or how adversity "gets under the skin." For this unit we look at the biological mechanisms for transmitting messages of inequality and the consequences for emotional and physical health. Next we turn to developmental regulation of immune functioning. The immune system is characterized by substantial developmental plasticity. Here we focus on what the immune system is doing at different points in childhood, and how immune system functioning is shaped by the ecology of the child (e.g., how nutritional and microbial exposures in infancy regulate inflammation in adulthood). This unit will also examine some of the newly examined mechanisms that link early environmental experience to health such as the gut microbiome. Finally, we examine growth and metabolic regulation.

FSHD 567 Theories of Human Development
  Analysis of major paradigms and world views influencing the study of human development. Overview of key issues and controversies arising in the field as well as evaluations of specific theories and specific theorists.

FSHD 583A Developmental Psychopathology
  This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of Developmental Psychopathology. Developmental Psychopathology is an approach to studying psychopathology in different stages of development, with a special focus on factors that contribute to the emergence of psychopathology and factors that protect against the emergence of psychopathology. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper (literature review) in addition to two exams and a project/presentation (with no opportunity for extra credit).

FSHD 587 Advanced Family Relations
  Critical analysis of selected studies and current research in family relations. Graduate-level requirements include extra required readings and an in-depth term paper.

FSHD 593 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 593L Legislative Internship
  Working experience at the Arizona State Legislature; responsibilities draw upon student's area of major expertise and include preparing written and oral reports, summarizing legislative proposals, and providing information to legislators and legislative committees.

FSHD 594 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 599 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

FSHD 601 Topics in Adolescent Health and Development
  This course covers various topics in adolescent health and development. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 602 Topics in Family, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being
  This course covers various topics in family, interpersonal relationships and well-being. Exact topics will vary across semesters, students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 603 Topics in Social and Psychobiological Development in Childhood
  This course covers various topics in social and psychobiological development in childhood. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 604 Topics in Diverse Contexts for Development and Relationships
  This course covers various topics in diverse contexts for development and relationships. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 605 Topics in Applied Developmental Science
  This course covers various topics in applied developmental science. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 606 Topics in Methodology and Data Analysis
  This course covers various topics in methodology and data analysis. Exact topics will vary across semesters, and students should contact the instructor regarding exact course focus.

FSHD 607 Topics in Family Studies and Human Development
  Variable content: cognitive development, biological theories of development, role theory, middle childhood, and others.

FSHD 617A Advanced Data Analysis: Structural Equation Modeling
  This course covers basic and intermediate topics of confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM). Students will learn the conceptual and mathematical bases of SEM; develop the ability to formulate and evaluate models; become proficient in using Lisrel; and apply these skills to research in FSHD.

FSHD 617B Advanced Data Analysis: Dyadic Data Analysis
  This course covers analysis of dyadic and small-group data. Students will learn the conceptual and mathematical bases of these approaches; formulate and evaluate models of interdependence; gain experience in writing results of interdependent data analyses; and apply these skills to research in FSHD.

FSHD 617C Advanced Data Analysis: Multilevel Modeling
  This course provides an introduction to Multilevel Modeling (MLM) and its implementation using SAS PROC MIXED. MLM is used for analyzing clustered data, such as longitudinal data (multiple observations nested within individuals) or data arising from couples or families (individuals nested within families).

FSHD 691 Preceptorship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

FSHD 693 Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 693-SA Internship
  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

FSHD 694 Practicum
  The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

FSHD 696Z Family and Consumer Sciences
  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

FSHD 699 Independent Study
  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

FSHD 799A Independent Study for Comprehensive Examination
  Independent Study for major written Comprehensive Examination. To receive a passing grade in the class, the student will need to take their written comprehensive exam that semester (before the grade is due). This requirement will be written into the Independent Study Proposal Form that is used to describe the student's plans and goals for their independent work over the semester. If there are extenuating circumstances, a student can potentially take an Incomplete (I) for the course, given the approval of their major advisor.

FSHD 900 Research
  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.

FSHD 909 Master's Report
  Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees.

FSHD 910 Thesis
  Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.

FSHD 920 Dissertation
  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).


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