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HDFS- 101 Introduction To Human Development And Family Studies (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Fields of human development and family studies; occupational opportunities in programs serving families and children.

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HDFS- 115 Healthy Couple Relationships (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Intimate relationship development; characteristics of diverse committed relationships. Elements of healthy relationships and issues leading to relationship dissolution. Topics include: self-awareness, communication, love, commitment, sexualities, sexual decision-making, partner selection, and relationship dysfunctions. Realistic expectations about intimate relationships.

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HDFS- 124 Human Development: Early Childhood (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Principles and theories of growth and development prenatal through age 8, with a systemic perspective on physical, motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional development. Observations required.

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HDFS- 195 Honors Seminar: Lifespan Human Development (3.00 cr.)
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Psychology
Repeatable: No
Review, discuss and analyze theories of human development across the lifespan.

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HDFS- 215 Dynamics Of Family Development (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A study of the family with emphasis on environmental factors significant in marriage and family relationships.

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HDFS- 225 Skill Training For Individual/Family Interventions (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Concepts and skills in developing rapport, assessing goals and initiating change with children, parents, couples and families across the life span in professional settings.

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HDFS- 249 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved business/industry position related to the student's major. Selection by application and interview.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 255 Lifespan Human Development (3.00 cr.)
Social and Behavioral Sciences - Psychology
Repeatable: No
Lifespan individual development. Critical examination of influences on individual development across the lifespan.

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HDFS- 257 Lifespan Sexuality (3.00 cr.)
Health and Physical Education - Health, Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Repeatable: No
Introduction to human sexuality over the lifespan, utilizing an individual and family perspective. Development of sexual behavior, relationships, and gender characteristics from infancy to late life. Emphasis on ethical issues and implications of sexuality, gender and sexual orientation. Discussion of love and intimacy as key aspects of sexuality.

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HDFS- 264 Child Guidance (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Developmentally appropriate principles and strategies for child guidance. Systems perspective, positive discipline, theoretical approaches, current topics, developing a personal/eclectic approach.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-124

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HDFS- 270 Seminar On Self-Growth (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Course in personal growth and self-management. A starting point in working with families in a diverse world is to begin with an understanding of self. Learning strategies are aimed at bridging theory with real-life experiences.

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HDFS- 275 Race Matters: Interdisciplinary Investigations (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category A
Repeatable: No
Application of cognitive and emotional skills to racial topics such as interpersonal relationships, media, and politics. Types of racism. How to talk about race. Antiracist strategies.

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HDFS- 299 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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HDFS- 310 Family Stress, Coping And Adaptation (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Impact of family development and stress on individual and family well-being.

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HDFS- 313 Parent Education/Involvement (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Parent groups: training of leaders, survey of literature. Practicum with parent groups.

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HDFS- 320 Divorced, Single Parent And Remarried Family (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Trends and issues in divorce, single parenting and remarriage related to effects on adults, children and society.

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HDFS- 325 Human Development: Middle Childhood And Adolescence (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Empirical study of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children.

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HDFS- 330 Human Development: Early And Middle Adulthood (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study of adults in the family context during the early and middle years.

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HDFS- 332 Death And Bereavement (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Significance of death and bereavement for the American culture, individual and family. Special consideration given to major tasks of grieving for children and adults.

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HDFS- 335 Critical Cultural Competence (3.00 cr.)
Racial & Ethnic Studies Category A, Global Perspective
Repeatable: No
Critical cultural competence and application to individuals and families. Systems of privilege and oppression. How socio-historical contexts shape interpersonal dynamics. Self-examination of cultural assumptions. Practice in critically thinking about difference and how to connect across differences.

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HDFS- 336 Practice in Critical Cultural Competence (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Practice of critical cultural competence skills in settings serving individuals and families. Working with and connecting across categories of difference to increase awareness, sensitivity, and understanding.

Prerequisite: HDFS-335

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HDFS- 340 Human Development: Late Adulthood (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Survey of the field of gerontology focusing on what it means to grow old in the United States from a systemic perspective. Multicultural attitudes toward aging; the psychological, physical, social and economic needs and problems of the older population are addressed. Consideration will be given to the personal, familial, environmental and social resources of the older population.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-215

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HDFS- 341 Family Caregiving To Dependent Elders (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Unique challenges confronting adult children who provide care to aging parents. Government, agency, workplace and family policies and practices promoting and/or undermining family strengths and well-being.

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HDFS- 345 Health Care Dilemmas & Decisions For Families (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Bioethical issues facing U.S. families. Selected issues provoke deep and troubling questions that will be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective through readings, student-led discussion, lectures, and case reviews.

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HDFS- 349 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved business/industry position related to the student's major. Selection by application and interview.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 350 Women's Relationships In Later Life (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Women's experiences in later life. Impact of race, culture, class, sexual orientation upon aging. Images of aging women in contemporary literature and the media. Older women's experiences in familial relationships and friendships.

Must be Junior level or higher

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HDFS- 352 Sexual and Gender Identities in Families and Society (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues
Repeatable: No
Introductory understanding of sexual and gender identities in families and society.

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HDFS- 364 Sibling Relationships (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Seminar focusing on sibling relationships across the life course, examining the issues, processes and dynamics affecting these bonds.

Must be Junior level or higher

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HDFS- 365 Family Resource Management (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Individual and family use of resources to meet needs and attain goals. Critical evaluation of resource disparities and how families are impacted. Develop approach to working with diverse families and external systems on issues of resource management.

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HDFS- 375 Grantsmanship For Nonprofits (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Explore the availability of foundation grant money for nonprofit organizations. Designed to give the beginning grant writer an overview of grant purposes, foundation funding sources, proposal development and writing.

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HDFS- 380 Case Management for Human Services (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human services is generic for professional and paraprofessional jobs in diverse settings. Primary purpose of human services is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible. Introduction to historical context, theoretical perspectives, basic knowledge and beginning skills in case management.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-225

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HDFS- 395 Special Topics In Human Development (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Special topics in human development; repeatable for different topics.

Must be Junior level or higher

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HDFS- 396 Living with the Spectrum: Autism and Family Life (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Unique challenges, rewards, and family dynamics experienced by families impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Theoretical frameworks, life course and cultural considerations, ethical and policy issues, and implications for family practitioners.

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HDFS- 399 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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HDFS- 410 Families in an Electronic World (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues
Repeatable: No
Effects of changes in communication technologies on family life over the past several decades. Impacts of television, computers, cell phones, and other communication technologies on daily life and family dynamics. Social issues stemming from technological advances and affecting family life including social networking, internet gaming, cybersex, cyberbullying, and the digital divide.

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HDFS- 420 Family Research And Methodology (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Analysis of family theory, research methodology and selected topics in family relations.

Prerequisites: take HDFS-115 and HDFS-215

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HDFS- 423 Spirituality Across The Lifespan (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Seminar discussion of autobiographical and biographical accounts of individual's spiritual experiences, beliefs and spiritual development over the life cycle.

Must be Junior level or higher

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HDFS- 426 Special Topics In The Study Of Family Life (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Family life programs and literature; individual study of problems of personal or professional interest.

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HDFS- 426 Comparative Family Agencies - Ireland and U.S. (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A study abroad course designed to compare child and family agencies, human services providers, and mental health providers in Ireland with those in the U.S. Travel in Ireland, includes cultural immersion experiences.

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HDFS- 442 Geriatric Functional Assessment (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Multi-disciplinary assessment applied to elderly at critical transition points. Assessment of social and economic status, functional status (activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living), mental health, and environmental characteristics. Explore various measurement instruments. Background check required.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-340

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HDFS- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved business/industry position related to the student's major. Selection by application and interview.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 450 Family Policy (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Family policy and family perspective in policymaking. Reciprocal relationship between families and public policies. Family policy formation, implementation, evaluation and advocacy.

Prerequisites: take HDFS-115 and HDFS-215

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HDFS- 454 Suicide And The Family: Family And Community Intervention (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Analysis of attempted and completed suicides from an interdisciplinary perspective. Forms of intervention, with emphasis upon family therapy, are compared, contrasted, and evaluated for suitability.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-215

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HDFS- 456 Abuse And The Family (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Definition and analysis of types of abuse in family context. Interrelationship of victims, perpetrators, other family members, helping professionals, social context. Risk factors, effects, reporting and recovery.

Prerequisites: take HDFS-115 and HDFS-215

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HDFS- 460 Religious Diversity and the Workplace (3.00 cr.)
Contemporary Issues
Repeatable: No
Major world religions and some smaller religions, practices, similarities and differences within and between religions; implications of religious practices and beliefs for workplace settings.

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HDFS- 490 Professional Issues: Human Development And Family Studies (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Issues related to professional development in areas of human development and family studies.

Prerequisites: For HDFS majors only. Must have 2.5 GPA in professional core.

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HDFS- 491 Internship in Human Development and Family Studies (4.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Internship experience in human development and family studies. Student will be placed in community agency or organization and supervised by site supervisor.
Department consent

Prerequisite: take HDFS-490; must have 2.5 GPA in the professional core and program director approval

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HDFS- 497 Field Experience In Human Development And Family Studies (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Field experience related to human development and family studies skills and knowledge used in teaching wage-earning courses at secondary level.
Department consent

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HDFS- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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HDFS- 510 Family Stress, Coping And Adaptation (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Impact of family development and stress on individual and family well-being.

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HDFS- 513 Parent Education/Involvement (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Parent groups: training of leaders, survey of literature. Practicum with parent groups.

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HDFS- 520 Divorced, Single Parent And Remarried Family (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Trends and issues in divorce, single parenting and remarriage related to effects on adults, children and society.

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HDFS- 525 Human Development: Middle Childhood And Adolescence (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Empirical study of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children.

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HDFS- 530 Human Development: Early And Middle Adulthood (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Study of adults in the family context during the early and middle years.

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HDFS- 532 Death And Bereavement (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Significance of death and bereavement for the American culture, individual and family. Special consideration given to major tasks of grieving for children and adults.

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HDFS- 540 Human Development: Late Adulthood (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Survey of the field of gerontology focusing on what it means to grow old in the United States from a systemic perspective. Multicultural attitudes toward aging; the psychological, physical, social and economic needs and problems of the older population are addressed. Consideration will be given to the personal, familial, environmental and social resources of the older population.

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HDFS- 541 Family Caregiving To Dependent Elders (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Unique challenges confronting adult children who provide care to aging parents. Government, agency, workplace and family policies and practices promoting and/or undermining family strengths and well-being.

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HDFS- 545 Health Care Dilemmas & Decisions For Families (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Bioethical issues facing U.S. families. Selected issues provoke deep and troubling questions that will be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective through readings, student-led discussion, lectures, and case reviews.

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HDFS- 552 Sexual and Gender Identities in Families and Society (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Introductory understanding of sexual and gender identities in families and society.

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HDFS- 564 Sibling Relationships (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Seminar focusing on sibling relationships across the life course, examining the issues, processes and dynamics affecting these bonds
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 565 Family Resource Management (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Individual and family use of resources to meet needs and attain goals. Critical evaluation of resource disparities and how families are impacted. Develop approach to working with diverse families and external systems on issues of resource management.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 575 Grantsmanship For Nonprofits (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Explore the availability of foundation grant money for nonprofit organizations. Designed to give the beginning grant writer an overview of grant purposes, foundation funding sources, proposal development and writing.

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HDFS- 595 Special Topics In Human Development (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Special topics in human development; repeatable for different topics.

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HDFS- 596 Living with the Spectrum: Autism and Family Life (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Unique challenges, rewards, and family dynamics experienced by families impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Theoretical frameworks, life course and cultural considerations, ethical and policy issues, and implications for family practitioners.

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HDFS- 610 Families in an Electronic World (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Effects of changes in communication technologies on family life over the past several decades. Impacts of television, computers, cell phones, and other communication technologies on daily life and family dynamics. Social issues stemming from technological advances and affecting family life including social networking, internet gaming, cybersex, cyberbullying, and the digital divide.

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HDFS- 623 Spirituality Across The Lifespan (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Seminar discussion of autobiographical and biographical accounts of individual's spiritual experiences, beliefs and spiritual development over the life cycle.

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HDFS- 626 Special Topics In The Study Of Family Life (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Family life programs and literature; individual study of problems of personal or professional interest.

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HDFS- 626 Comparative Family Agencies - Ireland and U.S. (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A study abroad course designed to compare child and family agencies, human services providers, and mental health providers in Ireland with those in the U.S. Travel in Ireland, includes cultural immersion experiences.

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HDFS- 642 Geriatric Functional Assessment (4.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Multi-disciplinary assessment applied to elderly at critical transition points. Assessment of social and economic status, functional status (activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living), mental health, and environmental characteristics. Explore various measurement instruments. Background check required.

Prerequisite: take HDFS-540; background check required.

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HDFS- 650 Family Policy (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Family policy and family perspective in policymaking. Reciprocal relationship between families and public policies. Family policy formation, implementation, evaluation and advocacy.

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HDFS- 654 Suicide And The Family: Family And Community Intervention (1.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Analysis of attempted and completed suicides from an interdisciplinary perspective. Forms of intervention, with emphasis upon family therapy, are compared, contrasted, and evaluated for suitability.

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HDFS- 656 Abuse And The Family (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Definition and analysis of types of abuse in family context. Interrelationship of victims, perpetrators, other family members, helping professionals, social context. Risk factors, effects, reporting and recovery.

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HDFS- 660 Religious Diversity and the Workplace (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Major world religions and some smaller religions, practices, similarities and differences within and between religions; implications of religious practices and beliefs for workplace settings.

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HDFS- 703 Child And Adolescent Development Seminar (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Advanced seminar in various aspects of child and adolescent development.

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HDFS- 704 Child And Family Services (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review and analysis of the historical development and statutory base of child and family services as well as the social values, issues and trends that shape them.

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HDFS- 707 Issues And Problems In Parent Education (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A study of the issues and problems of parent groups and the training of parent-group leaders.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 715 Theories Of Family Processes (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Advanced analysis of family interaction theory. Emphasis is on normal family processes as they apply to the practice of marital and family intervention.

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HDFS- 720 Special Topics In Human Development And Family Studies (1.00 - 2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Consideration of contemporary problems in human development and family studies and their influence on family life.

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HDFS- 728 Contemporary Family Issues (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Contemporary family issues and trends addressing continuity as well as the changing nature of relationships and families. Emphasis on family change within the larger context of ecological, demographic and economic change.

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HDFS- 735 Problems In Family Studies And Human Development (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Identification, selection and completion of a problem in family studies and human development, culminating in a Plan B paper.

Prerequisite: take EDUC-740

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HDFS- 740 Issues In Family Life Education (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Review of community-based programs for family and human development issues across the lifespan with consideration for personal philosophy, theory, research, development and evaluation of existing program models.

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HDFS- 742 Lifespan Family And Human Development Seminar (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Human development theory; research, changing trends and issues are explored with focus upon family life cycle variations. Emphasis is given to the application of scientific knowledge to select issues and thematic narratives of lifespan development as well as to information regarding child development in families and their sociocultural contexts.

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HDFS- 746 Theory Based Qualitative And Quantitative Research Methods (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Fundamentals of family and developmental research. Focus on qualitative and quantitative research designs, the role of theory, methods of data collection and analysis, and unique factors associated with family research. Preparation for completion of the comprehensive graduate project.

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HDFS- 749 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved business/industry position related to the student's major. Selection by application and interview.
Instructor's consent

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HDFS- 770 Thesis-Family Studies & Human Development (2.00 - 6.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Independent research under direction of investigation adviser. Selection of problems, development of outline, review of literature, compilation of bibliography, plan of method of attack, conduct of research, interpretation of findings, and preparation of the final paper according to thesis standards. Student may enroll for 2, 4, or 6 semester hours of credit in various terms with a final total of 6.

Prerequisite: take EDUC-740

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HDFS- 797 Field Experience In Human Development And Family Studies (2.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Field experience related to family and consumer sciences education skills and knowledge used in teaching wage-earning courses at secondary level.
Department consent

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HDFS- 799 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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