Assistant Professor Brian Jennings, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professors
Charles Brown, Ph.D., Kennon Rice, Ph.D. and Barty Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Carla Abodalo, M.A.
Lecturers Michael Foltz, M.P.A., Teri Jensen-Sellers, M.A., Scott Lash, J.D., Adrienne Lodge, M.S., Brandy Neider, M.P.A.


Interdisciplinary Major in Child and Family Studies

The interdisciplinary major in child and family studies (sociology and psychology) is designed for students interested in studying both the sociology of the family as well as the psychological aspects of child socialization and development. The psychosocial perspective of this program provides an ideal academic preparation for students interested in working with children either in the context of education or human services.

Sociology Requirements:

  • All of the following core requirements:
    • 101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills general studies foundations-social science requirement)
    • 213: Social Theory
    • 490: Senior Seminar
  • One of the following research methods sequences must be completed to satisfy core requirements:
      • SOC210: Research Methods and SOC211 Statistics (SOC211 fulfills the general studies foundations-quantitative reasoning requirement) or
      • PSY200: Research Design I and PSY201: Research Design II. (PSY200 fulfills the general studies foundations quantitative reasoning requirement)
  • Additional specialized family course requirement:
    • 261: The Family
  • One of the following lower level specialized courses:
    • 203: Human Services
    • 265: Global Families
  • Two of the following intermediate specialized courses:
    • 302: Juvenile Delinquency
    • 311: Domestic Violence
    • ANT320: Sex, Gender, Culture
  • One of the following advanced application courses:
    • 410: Sociology of Education
    • 415: Childhood and Adolescence

Psychology Requirements:

  • Required courses:
    • 100: Introduction to Psychology (fulfills general studies foundations-social science requirement)
    • 206: Social Psychology
    • 400 level seminar course
  • One of the following biologically related courses:
    • 205: Biological Foundations of Behavior
    • 305: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • One of the following development courses:
    • 230: Human Development
    • 240: Child Development
  • One of the following:
    • 340: Cognitive Psych.
    • 350: Animals in Environ.
    • 355: Motivation & Learning
  • One of the following courses on behavioral disorders:
    • 390: Adult Psychology and Behavioral Disorders
    • 391: Child Psychology and Behavioral Disorders

Although not required, students are encouraged to take PSY401A: Fieldwork in Psychology/Clinical and Counseling Interests.


Education and Teacher Certification

Students interested in early childhood education may combine with any of the combined majors in this department for teacher certification.
Those intending to pursue secondary education certification in the social sciences should consult with advisers in the Sociology and Education Departments to assure selection of appropriate courses to fulfill all the mandated state requirements.