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Family and Consumer Sciences

Family Studies 
Concentrations:
Child Development | Family | Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Birth-Kindergarten
Family Studies Course Listing

Professor: Dr. Nery, (Acting Chair)

Associate Professor: Dr. Calloway

Assistant Professor: Dr. Chester

Adjunct Instructors: Ms. Bortz, Ms. King, Dr. Smith, Ms. Walker, and Ms. Wiggins, Dr. Roberson, Ms. Jung.

Requirements for a major in Family Studies.
A candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major listed below must satisfactorily complete the general college curriculum and courses specific to the major. A total of one hundred twenty eight (128) semester hours are needed for graduation.

Family Studies Major:
Core courses: FCSI 341 (education concentration substitute PSYC 260),365,401,445,RELG/SOCI 340

Concentrations:

1. Child Development Concentration (CIP 19.0706)
FCSI 227,337,338,340,341,342,365,373,401,402,445,454,455,490,510,515,530,540,551. RELG 340. Electives (12 hours from FCSI 111, 213,332, 450, SOCI 345,359.

Prepares students for careers in early childhood settings and agencies serving young children and their families.

2. Family Concentration (CIP 19.0701)
FCSI 227,341,345,365,401,445,454,455,490,510,530,540,551,SOCI360. RELG 340. 31 hours of electives from the following: FCSI 111,213,332,337,338,340,342,373,402. SOCI 226,345,359. PSYC 232,260,354.

Prepares students for careers that serve individuals and their families.

3. Family and Consumer Sciences Education Concentration (CIP 13.1308)
FCSI 111,213,227,332,334,365,401,402,445,448, EDUC 221,385,431,432,441,453,454,458, FCSI 341 or PSYC 260, electives.

Prepares students for licensure by the state of North Carolina to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in public school settings at both the middle and secondary levels.

4. Birth-Kindergarten (CIP 13.1204)
FCSI 227,337,338,340,341,342,365,402,457,458,490,510,515,530,540 or 551. EDUC 221,351,373,431,455,345,457.

Prepares students for licensure by the state of North Carolina to teach in Birth-Kindergarten classrooms.

Family Studies Minor:
The minor consists of 18 hours of credit. Requirements for the Family Studies minor include: FCSI 365, either FCSI 551 or SOC/REL 340, one of the following courses in Human Development EDUC 341 or PSYC 260. (Social work majors may use SOWK 350 and 351). The remaining nine hours will be selected from Family and Consumer Science courses as approved by the adviser.

Family and Consumer Sciences Course Listing (FSCI 000) 

Family Studies:

111 Introduction to Foods and Nutrition (3) (Food Science)
A food science course designed to study of the scientific principles of food selection and preparation. Emphasis is on selection, purchasing, food preparation, storage, and preservation of foods. Laboratory work coordinated with lectures. Includes methods and materials appropriate for teaching 7-12 grade. Offered as needed.

227 Nutrition (3)
A study of the fundamentals of human nutrition, with emphasis on nutrients and factors which affect their utilization in the human body. Offered in Fall.

213 Interior Environment (3)
A study of planning and furnishing houses from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. Practical problems of home planning in relation to family needs and income; the selection, construction, and use of furnishings exemplifying good taste and individuality are included. Offered as needed.

332 Clothing Construction and Textiles (3)
A study of properties, composition, identification, and manufacturing procedures of textiles and construction techniques along with evaluation of garment construction. Laboratory experience involving the application of construction techniques including pattern selection, fabric selection, alteration, garment fit in addition to and care and use of textile products. Offered as needed.

334 Methods/Curriculum Development (3)
A study of the principles of planning and evaluating the family and consumer science education curriculum with emphasis on time management. Instructional planning and behavior management. The selection, development, and use of methods and materials appropriate for teaching family and consumer sciences in grades 7-12. Offered as needed.

337 Infants (3)
A study of the theoretical foundations of infant development. Prenatal considerations for the expectant mother are addressed. Includes the development of both younger and older infants, the development of the immune system, and program issues related to the needs of infants. Methods of developing, implementing, and evaluating infant programs are emphasized. Students participate in field experiences concerning infants. Offered fall semester.

338 Preschool Curriculum (3)
A course designed to enable students to become knowledgeable about program components and learning strategies for young children age three through kindergarten. The role of families in early childhood programs is also studied. Students design curriculum activities that integrate developmentally appropriate levels of ability. A field experience in a quality preschool setting is included. Prerequisite: FCSI 337 and FCSI 340.

340 Toddlers (3)
A study of the theoretical foundations of toddler development. Developmentally appropriate practices with emphasis on language arts and communication skills, drawings, health, and hygiene. Symbolic thought, concentration, reasoning and concept acquisition, self-worth and self-esteem, parental involvement, appropriate curriculum, and the importance of forming correct eating habits are discussed. Students participate in field experiences concerning toddlers. Taught in spring semester. Prerequisite FCSI 337.

341 Child and Adolescent Development (3)
A study of prenatal development and infancy, the physical growth, development of motor abilities, and language and thought of the child and adolescent; children’s play and interests, adolescent interests, emotional factors, parent-child relationships; and psychosocial development.

342 Children’s Health Wellness and Safety (3)
Data dealing with vital statistics and advances in technology. The major focus on nutrition, good health habits, hygiene, and screening measures of wellness. Emphasis is also placed on National Safety Standards for toys, equipment, and playground facilities. Prerequisite: FCSI 337, 340,or 341.

345 Adult Development (3)
Developmental changes of adults from young adulthood through late life are examined. Emphasis is placed on the major stages of adulthood as they relate to the adults’ individual adjustment and family functioning. Offered as needed.

365 Family Relationships (3)
A study of factors that enhance or inhibit the development and maintenance of marital and family relationships over the life cycle. Intra-personal issues and interpersonal dynamics and the influence of these issues and dynamics on the development and maintenance of relationships will be examined.

373 Exceptional Children (3)
A study of issues related to the identification, assessment, and instruction of children with special needs, including the academically gifted. The course includes an examination of current definitions of exceptionality, legal issues, teaching strategies, coordination with families and community agencies, and the professional responsibility of the teacher. Includes 10 hour field experience.

401 Seminar (3)
A study of the past, present, and future of family and consumer sciences. Emphasis on career opportunities and career choices. Includes the principles of personal development, preparation of job resumes, job interviews, and global concerns of the environment.

402 Administration of Children’s Programs (3)
A course designed to enable students to become knowledgeable about programs designed for children birth through age five, program components and learning strategies for young children. Programs discussed include, but are not limited to Head Start, Even Start, Smart Start, Child Advocacy Groups, Resource and Referral Agencies, and other national and state agencies and organizations whose major emphasis is childcare for young children. Prerequisite: FCSI 337,338 or 340.

445 Consumer Economics (3)
A study that focuses on the management of resources for the purpose of attaining consumer goods and services. Emphasis is on the role of the consumer and the study of problems related to personal and family buying and financial management.

448 Job Training/Occupational Information (3)
A study and analysis of vocational education including its history, philosophy, and objectives. Emphasis is placed on occupational exploration and occupational family and consumer sciences. Sources and uses of occupational information are explored. Family and consumer sciences related occupational clusters are discussed in relation to entry and exit related occupations and observation of exploratory middle grade programs and occupational family and consumer sciences programs in grades 7-12. Work experience in at least two of the occupational clusters is required. Offered as needed.

450 Women in Our Culture (3)
A course examining the major contributions of women to society and culture. This course encourages students to become knowledgeable about the influence of women on a global level regarding law, public policy, education, architecture, furniture, politics, employment, the economy, religion, health, medicine and the media.

454 Professional Orientation in Family Studies (3)
This course is designed to assist students in evaluating their competencies, abilities, aptitudes, and interests related to career development; examining career opportunitie4s related to children and families; and establishing professional relationships. Prerequisite for FCSI 455: Child Development and Family Internship. Open to Family Studies majors and minors only. Offered as needed.

455 Child Development and Family Studies Internship (3)
An internship program in a cooperating public, private, profit, or non-profit agency, organization, or business in accordance with the major course of study of the student. Total Hours: 150 working hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and FCSI 337,338,340,402, and 454; or FCSI 365 and 454.

457 Family and Consumer Sciences Internship for Birth-Kindergarten (3)
A 150-hour field experience program in a preschool program.. The internship must  take place in a state certified birth-kindergarten setting, and includes a required written project. Open to Birth-Kindergarten majors only.

458 Birth-Kindergarten Teaching Methods (3)

A study of general methods, strategies, techniques and developmentally appropriate  practices for birth-kindergarten classrooms for children with and without special needs. Emphasis on working with children and families in inclusive settings. Required for birth-Kindergarten majors. Offered in Spring as part of student teaching block.

490 Parenting (3)
A study which examines the changing nature of parenting across the life cycle including: transition to parenthood, early parent-child relationships, parenting adolescents, and the relationship between aging parents and adult children.

510 Creative Arts: Rhythm and Rhyme (3)
A course designed to provide students with skills for interacting with children of various ages through developmentally appropriate use of musical instruments, rhythmic games, body coordination, stories, pretending, songs, dance, dramatization, memorization and the use of various types of art media.

515 Young Children’s Literature (3)
An examination of developmentally appropriate literature for young children. Emphasis will be placed on understanding what constitutes developmentally appropriate literature.

530 Program Assessments and Evaluation (3)
The course focuses on demographic data used by federal, state, and county agencies and organizations in putting into place new programs and strengthening existing programs which affect children birth to age 5, their families, before-and-after-school programs, and the aging population. Emphasis will be placed on developing good survey questions and the tabulation of data for planning and implementation of programs. The use of data in grant writing will be emphasized.

540 Family Ethics and Policies (3)
This course will assist students in the examination of the character and quality of human social conduct and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues. In addition, this course will explore public policy procedures and survey issues that currently affect families.

551 Family Issues (3)
A course designed to introduce the student to a number of issues/topics that characterize or impact contemporary American families. The examination of family theories and research related to families will be emphasized.

556 Literature for Children and Young Adults (3) (English Dept.)
A survey of literature for children and young adults with emphasis on criteria for selecting materials appropriate to the interests, needs, and abilities, of elementary and middle grades students; techniques for promoting reading; application to the elementary and middle school curriculums; and trends and recent research in the area.

 

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