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School of Family Studies and Human Services

School of
Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University
303 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5510
785-532-5505 fax
fshs@k-state.edu

Family and Community Services
Schedule of Courses

Each course is listed corresponding to the initial offering of the class. The graduate program consists of 36 credit hours, including 10 required courses equaling 30 credit hours and 6 elective hours. The courses will be offered on a rotating basis, with all courses offered at least once every other year (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Fall (some courses offered every other year)

  • FSHS 784 - Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services (3)
  • FSHS 787 - Resilience in Families (3)
  • FSHS 791 - Parenting Education (3)

Spring (some courses offered every other year)

  • FSHS 784 - Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services (3)
  • FSHS 785 - Family Dynamics (3)
  • FSHS 862 - Interpersonal Relationships (3)
  • FSHS 719 - Program Administration and Management (3)
  • CNRES 763 - Crises Across the Lifespan (3)

Summer

  • FSHS 825 - Family Resource Management (3)
  • FSHS 786 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • FSHS 719 - Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation (3)

Check with the GPIDEA Campus Coordinator (gpideacc@k-state.edu) for semesters or intersessions that electives are offered.

Course Descriptions and Teaching University

Students will be required to complete 36 credit hours including the ten core courses and choice of two elective courses listed below:

Required Core Courses (30 credit hours)

FSHS 784: Foundations and Principles of Family and Community Services (3)
Taught by University of Missouri

An introduction to the field of family studies and related professions that involve working with families and communities.

FSHS 825: Family Resource Management (3)
Taught by Oklahoma State University

Survey of current personal finance and family resource management literature to provide an overview of current consumer finance research from multiple perspectives.

FSHS 785: Family Dynamics (3)
Taught by University of Missouri

An examination of theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, and models of family intervention.

FSHS 786: Lifespan Development (3)
Taught by South Dakota State University

Human development from both lifespan and bio-ecological perspectives focusing on major theories of development and current research on micro-macro relationship.

FSHS 862: Interpersonal Relationships (3)
Taught by University of Nebraska

In-depth examination of interpersonal relationships, including theoretical perspectives, research methods, relationship forms, relationship processes, and how context affects relationships.

FSHS 787: Resilience in Families (3)
Taught by Michigan State University

Exploration of resilience approaches to the study of families and human development across the life cycle.

FSHS 719: Program Administration and Management (3)
Taught by University of Nebraska

This course is designed to introduce students to the development, administration, and management of youth, family, and community service organizations.

FSHS 714: Program Design, Evaluation, and Implementation (3)
Taught by Kansas State University

This course is an overview of the program development process and outcome evaluation of community, children, and family programs. Modes of outcome scholarship and their implications for community-based programs are discussed. Students will develop knowledge through participating in a community project.

FSHS 791: Parenting Education (3)
Taught by South Dakota State University

An examination of theories, models, research, and skills related to parenting and parent education.

CNRES 763: Crises Across the Lifespan (3)
Taught by Oklahoma State University

The purpose of this course is to provide students with resources related to managing stress and coping with crises across the lifespan that can be utilized in both their own lives and the lives of those families they serve. Students will be introduced to the bio psychosocial nature of stress; methods of coping with stress, anxiety, and conflict; models of effective family functioning in the presence of stress and crises; and the current literature on how families cope with a variety of life transitions and crises.

Recommended Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

FSHS 700: Problems in Family Studies and Human Services (Var.)
Coordinated with major professor

Independent study on aspects of human development and family studies.

FSHS 708: Topics in Family Studies and Human Services (2-3)
Coordinated with major professor

Review of recent research and theory related to exploration of methods and family and interpersonal processes.

FSHS 724: The Army Family (3)
Taught by Kansas State University

Study of the culture and complexities of the contemporary Army family, and the issues related to community-based support and service to Army family members.

CNRES 759: Foundations of Trauma and Traumatic Stress (3)
Taught by Kansas State University

Review of theoretical and historical concept of trauma, including posttraumatic stress disorder and other forms of traumatic events and stressors; examination of trauma reactions, effects of stressful events, and treatment of trauma.

PFP 765: Military Personal Finance (3)
Taught by Kansas State University

Overview of topics relevant to the financial planning process that address the unique needs, terminology, benefits, and resources that impact military service members and their families.

FSHS 871: Family Life Education Foundation and Methods (3)
Taught by Kansas State University

Understanding of the field of Family Life Education, including professional responsibilities for working effectively with individuals and families in preventative, educational, outreach, or consultative settings.

FSHS 899: MS Research in Family Studies and Human Services (Var.)
Taught at Kansas State University

Individual research problems which may form the basis for the master's thesis or report.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)*

*Capstone course required at Kansas State University; elective at other participating universities.

PFP 675: Field Study in Family Economics (1 - 3)
Coordinated with major professor

Supervised experiences in financial planning, financial counseling, community action, or consumer services.

or

FSHS 881: Practicum in Family and Community Services (Var.)
Coordinated with major professor

Supervised experiences in providing help and/or instruction in the several areas of human development and family studies presented in terms of the special interests of the students.

Practica

A practicum is not required, however, the following courses will support practicum and internship experiences as determined by the student and committee:

  • PFP 675 - Field Study in Family Exonomics (1-3)
  • FSHS 700 - Problems in Family Studies and Human Services (Var.)
  • FSHS 708 - Topics in Family Studies and Human Services (2-3)
  • FSHS 881 - Practicum in Family and Community Services (Var.)