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.

Psychology Requirements:

  • All of the following core requirements: 
    • PSY100: General Psychology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
    • PSY405 or 406: Senior Seminar


  • Two from Group I (Social, Developmental, and Clinical Approaches):
    • PSY206: Social Psychology
    • PSY250: Personality
    • PSY230: Human Development -OR- PSY240: Child Development
    • PSY390: Adult Psychopathology -OR-  PSY391: Child Psychopathology


  • Two from Group II (Biological, Cognitive, and Evolutionary Approaches):
    • PSY205: Biological Bases of Behavior
    • PSY210: Health Psychology
    • PSY305: Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY319: Evolutionary Psychology
    • PSY340: Cognition
    • PSY350: Animal Behavior and Cognition
    • PSY355: Motivation and Learning
    • PSY360: Sensation and Perception


  • One from Group III (Elective courses):
    • Any of the above courses not already taken
    • PSY271: Organizational Psychology
    • PSY290: Diversity
    • PSY291: Cross-cultural Psychology
    • PSY306: Special Topic courses in any area
    • PSY321: Close Relationships
    • PSY330: Human Sexuality
    • PSY345: Language Development
    • PSY365: Ecological Psychology
    • PSY394: Counseling
    • PSY395: Clinical Assessment
    • PSY 396/397: Advanced Lab
    • IDS303: Sex Roles
    • PSY401: Fieldwork
    • PSY281, 381, 481: Independent Study/Advanced Research
    • PSY282, 382, 482: Internship


Sociology Requirements:

  • All of the following core requirements:
    • SOC101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
    • SOC213: Social Theory
    • SOC490: Senior Seminar

  • Additional specialized family course requirement:
    • SOC261: The Family

  • One of the following lower level specialized courses:
    • SOC203: Human Services
    • SOC265: Global Families

  • Two of the following intermediate specialized courses:
    • SOC302: Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC311: Domestic Violence
    • ANT320: Sex, Gender, Culture

  • One of the following advanced application courses:
    • SOC410: Sociology of Education
    • SOC415: Childhood and Adolescence

 Research Methods Requirements:

  • One of the following research methods sequences must be completed to satisfy core requirements:
    • SOC210: Research Methods and SOC211 Statistics (SOC211 fulfills General Studies Foundations-Quantitative Reasoning requirement) or
    • PSY200: Research Design I and PSY201: Research Design II. (PSY200 fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement)


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.