Child and Family Studies | Albright College

Child and Family Studies

The child and family studies interdisciplinary major provides the student with comprehensive knowledge of child development as well as dynamics of family living. The psychosocial perspective of this program provides ideal academic preparation for students interested in working with children either in the context of education or human service.

 

Psychology Requirements:

  • All of the following core requirements: 
    • PSY 100: General Psychology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
    • PSY 405 or 406: Senior Seminar
  • Two from Group I (Social, Developmental, and Clinical Approaches):
    • PSY 206: Social Psychology
    • PSY 210: Health Psychology
    • PSY 250: Personality
    • PSY 230: Human Development -OR- PSY 240: Child Development
    • PSY 390: Adult Psychopathology -OR-  PSY 391: Child Psychopathology
  • Two from Group II (Biological, Cognitive, and Evolutionary Approaches):
    • PSY 205: Biological Psychology
    • PSY 305: Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY 319: Evolutionary Psychology
    • PSY 340: Cognition
    • PSY 350: Animal Behavior and Cognition
    • PSY 355: Motivation and Learning
    • PSY 360: Sensation and Perception
    • PSY 306: Special Topics: Biology Based
  • One from Group III (Elective courses):
    • Any of the above courses not already taken
    • PSY 215: Positive Psychology
    • PSY 220: Theory/Treatment of Addictive Behavior
    • PSY 265: Addictive Behavior
    • PSY 271: Organizational Psychology
    • PSY 290: Diversity
    • PSY 291: Cross-cultural Psychology
    • PSY 306: Special Topic courses in any area
    • PSY 310: Health Behavior Change
    • PSY 321: Close Relationships
    • PSY 330: Human Sexuality
    • PSY 345: Language Development
    • PSY 346: Social Development
    • PSY 377: Epigenetics
    • PSY 394: Counseling
    • PSY 395: Clinical Assessment
    • PSY 396/397: Advanced Lab
    • IDS 303: Sex Roles
    • PSY401: Fieldwork
    • PSY 281, 381, 481: Independent Study/Advanced Research
    • PSY 282, 382, 482: Internship

Sociology Requirements:

  • All of the following core requirements:
    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills General Studies Foundations Social Science requirement)
    • SOC 213: Social Theory
    • SOC 490: Senior Seminar
  • Additional specialized family course requirement:
    • SOC 261: The Family
  • One of the following lower level specialized courses:
    • SOC 203: Human Services
    • SOC 270: Parenting & Technology
    • SOC 271: Work and Family Conflict
  • Two of the following intermediate specialized courses:
    • SOC 302: Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 311: Domestic Violence
    • ANT 320: Sex, Gender, Culture
  • The following advanced application course:
    • SOC 470: Immigration and Transnational Families

 Research Methods Requirements:

  • One of the following research methods sequences must be completed to satisfy core requirements:
    • SOC 210: Research Methods and SOC 211 Statistics (SOC 211 fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement) or
    • PSY 200: Research Design I and PSY 201: Research Design II. (PSY 200 fulfills General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement)

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Charles Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology; Department Chair
610-921-7865
cbrown@albright.edu

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Gwendolyn Seidman, Ph.D.
Gwendolyn Seidman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
610-929-6742
gseidman@albright.edu

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Justin J. Couchman, Ph.D.
Justin J. Couchman, Associate Professor of Psychology
610-929-6738
jcouchman@albright.edu

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Marsha Green, Ph.D.
Marsha Green, Professor of Psychology
610-921-7580
mgreen@albright.edu

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Bridget A. Hearon, Ph.D.
Bridget A. Hearon, Assistant Professor of Psychology
610-929-6556
bhearon@albright.edu

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Julia Heberle, Ph.D.
Julia Heberle, Associate Professor of Psychology
610-921-7581
jheberle@albright.edu

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Susan Hughes, Ph.D.
Susan Hughes, Professor of Psychology; Director of Evolutionary Studies Program
610-929-6732
shughes@albright.edu

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Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Ph.D.
Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Associate Professor of Psychology
610-921-7585
bingramwallace@albright.edu

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Carla Abodalo, MS
Senior Instructor of Sociology
610-921-7592
cabodalo@albright.edu

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Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7892
bjennings@albright.edu

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Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
610-921-7885
ekiester@albright.edu

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Kennon Rice, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7881
krice@albright.edu

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Barton Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7593
bthompson@albright.edu

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Teri Jensen-Sellers, M.A.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology
610-929-6729
tjensen-sellers@albright.edu

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Adrienne Lodge, M.S., C.F.E., C.A.M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice
610-929-6768
alodge@albright.edu

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