Towson University

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
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The Department of Family Studies and Community Development was founded on the belief that the family is the fundamental unit in contemporary society. Support of healthy family functioning strengthens individual, group, and societal functioning. The department offers the opportunity to study individual and family development, dynamics within families, and the interactions between families and society.

The department offers two undergraduate majors and one minor. Family and Human Services is an applied major that prepares students to be human service professionals. Students in this major choose among four different tracks: Humans Services, Services to Children and Youth, Introduction to Child Life, and Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector. Community participation is required in several core courses throughout the family and human services curriculum. The Family Science major emphasizes scholarship and research in the discipline. It focuses on the social and behavioral science foundation necessary for those working in family therapy, psychology, education, health and other human services. The family studies minor fits nicely for students who are interested in studying families along with their major focus of study, especially students in the health professions, liberal arts and education.

The academic coursework provides the foundation for graduate study in social, behavioral, and health sciences or for advanced professional training in counseling, psychology, social work, law, medicine, and the allied health professions, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. The department offers the following graduate programs: Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration (M.S.); Family-Professional Collaboration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate; Jewish Communal Service (M.A.) and Jewish Education (M.A.).

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Karen Goldrich Eskow (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 22% Human Services
  • 46% Services to Children and Youth
  • 20% Child life
  • 4% Nonprofit Leadership
  • 7% Undecided
Campus Enrollment
21,960
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
United States

Phone Number
410-704-5851
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family and Human Services
  • Human Services Track
  • Introduction to Child Life Track
  • Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track
  • Services to Children and Youth Track
  • Family Science Major
  • Family Studies Minor
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Studies
  • Medical Terminology for Human Service Workers
  • Introduction to Child Life
  • Family Resources
  • Preparing Human Service Workers
  • Family Relationships
  • Theories of Family Functioning
  • Trends in Contemporary Family Life
  • Parent-Child Relationships Across the Lifespan
  • The Parenting Process
  • Human Development
  • Sexuality in a Diverse Society
  • The Hospitalized Child and Family
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Family Law
  • Community Services for Families
  • Internship in Family and Human Services
  • Services to Children and Youth
  • Writing and Research Methods in Family Studies
  • Senior Seminar
  • Advanced Internship in Family Studies and Community Development
  • Case Management
  • Fundraising, Friendraising, and Volunteer Management
  • Introduction to the Helping Relationship
  • Intervention and the Young Child
  • Small Group Dynamics
  • Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Infant Intervention
  • Advanced Internship in Family Studies and Community Development
  • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • Statistics for Family Science and Human Services
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families
  • American Families on Television: Representation and Reality
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Diversity, Culture, and Team Dynamics
  • Case Management for Family and Human Services
  • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • Statistics for Family Science and Human Services
  • American Families on Television: Representation and Reality
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Diversity, Culture, and Team Dynamics
  • Case Management for Family and Human Services
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

Majors in Family and Human Services complete 64 or 65 units of course work depending on the track of study. Students complete 43 units of required courses. For each track, they complete additional track-specific courses and electives. These requirements include a sequence of focused community courses including Preparing Human Service Workers, Community Services for Families, Internship and Senior Seminar. The units of internship requirements are specified by each track.

Majors in Family Science complete 24 units of required course work and 21 units of electives.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • The Hospitalized Child and Family
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Fundamentals of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Applied Family Relationships
  • Family-Professional Collaboration
  • Applied Research Methods in Family ScienceProject in Family-Focused Program Development
  • Medical Aspects of Illness: A Child Life Perspective
  • Thesis in Family Studies
  • Graduate Project in Family Studies
  • Advanced InternshipTransitions: Health Care Professions in a Changing Environment
  • Managing Health Care Professions
  • Administration of Health Care Organizations
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Planning and Marketing Health in Business and Industry
  • Project in Family-Focused Program Development
  • Foundations of Jewish Education
  • From Vision to Practice in Jewish Education
  • Qualitative Research in Jewish Education
  • Curriculum Planning and Decision Making for the Jewish School
  • Exploration of Holocaust Education
  • Exploration of the History, Politics, and Culture of Israel
  • Moral Questions in the Classroom
  • Models and Methods of Teaching Jewish Holidays
  • Teaching Classical Jewish Texts
  • Teaching Classical Jewish Texts: A Developmental Approach
  • Teaching Classical Jewish Texts: A Literary Approach
  • Exploration of Holocaust EducationTeaching Internship
  • Strategic Management of Jewish Organizations
  • Theoretical and Practical Dimensions of Educational Administration
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Internship in Educational Leadership
  • Biblical Literature and Civilization
  • Rabbinic History and Literature
  • The Jews in the Middle Ages
  • The Jews in the Modern World
  • Introduction to Jewish Thought and Mysticism
  • Diaspora Jewish Communities
  • American Judaism
  • Contemporary Jewish Ethics: Reshaping the Jewish Identity in Our Generation
  • The History and Dynamics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Teaching the History, Politics and Culture of Israel
  • Hebrew Language Instruction for Educators
  • Models and Methods of Teaching Law, Customs, and Practice
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Life Administration and Family Collaboration (M.S.)
  • Jewish Communal Service (M.A.)
  • Jewish Education (M.A.)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family-Professional Collaboration
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
2/1/2004
CFLE Contact
Karen Goldrich Eskow, Ph,D, CFLE
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