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Total credit hours for students choosing thesis option: 32 minimum, on a credit basis (16-18 core hours, at least 6 in departmental allied hours, 6-10 thesis hours, & 4 other hours)
Total credit hours for non-thesis students: 33 minimum, on a credit basis (i.e., 16-18 core hours, at least 9 departmental allied hours, 3-6 hours of independent study & 5 other hours)
Minimum & maximum hours per semester: 9 to 12 credit hours are needed for financially supported teaching or research assistants; 3 to 16 for other students.
Thesis hours: Sign up for at least 6, no more than 10, throughout your graduate career.
Non-thesis students: Sign up for 3-6 hours of independent study for non-thesis project
FCS 6901-1: Thesis Development Seminar (1) + allied or other hours to total 9 -12
Choose 3 from the following 4 courses
FCS 6200: Families and Social Policy (3)
FCS 6700: Research for Community Needs (3) or FCS 6600 Families & Economic Policy
FCS 6730: Community Development and Evironmental Change (3) or FCS 6600 Environments & Human Behavior
FCS 6962: Special Topics (3)
FCS 6110: Graduate Multivariate Statistics (4) or Equivalent Statistics Class
FCS 6100: Graduate Research Methods (3) or Equivalent Methods Class
FCS 6970: For thesis option students take Thesis hours (2-5) Proposing one's thesis for methods class in consultation with advisor is highly recommended. Non-thesis students take allied hours.
Allied courses and thesis hours and core courses if not taken previously.
Students supported by the FCS Department must successfully defend their thesis proposal by the end of Fall of their second year. They are encouraged to defend earlier.
Select at least two allied courses from one area. The Thesis Committee Chair needs to approve these.
FCS 6970: Total thesis hours (at least 6 credit hours, no more than 10 total credit hours)
Core courses if not taken previously. Nonthesis students take allied hours and work on project. Take 3-6 hours of independent study total. Register for a 3-credit independent study for your last semester.
Typically taken in the first year, provide a broad background in conceptual models, policy, and research methods. Choose at least 3 of 4 from FCS 6200, 6400, 6600, 6962 or equivalents. All are recommended.
FCS 6200: Families and Social Policy (3) Relationship between the family and social environments emphasizing ecology and life-course frameworks in the dependency between the family and kin, school, neighborhood, work, class, and ethnic environments.
FCS 6400 :Families and Economic Policy (3) Prerequisite: FCS 3450. Economic and political influences on families and interest-group efforts to alter constraints imposed by these policies. Examples drawn from a variety of policies including child care, marriage, education, homeownership, and retirement.
FCS 6600: Environments and Human Behavior (3) Reviews and connects research, policies, and settings that are important contexts from behaviors of households and communities: homes, workplaces, neighborhoods. Focuses on sociophysical processes (stress, community problems, crime, privacy, transportation, place attachment). Often involves vulnerable populations (women, children, elders, the poor) and is tailored to student interests.
SOC 6110: Methods of Social Research (3) The logic of social research; methods of data collection; ethics in social research; problem formation, conceptualization, operationalization, reliability and validity, research design, and preparation or research proposals.
FCS 6110: Multivariate Statistics (4) Course covers a range of topics on regression analysis. Topics include multiple regression, conducting regression diagnostics, multicollinearity, interaction effects, repeated measures, and logistic regression. Computer assignments.
FCS 6901 Thesis Development Seminar (1) Development and refinement of thesis proposals.
Allied Courses (Descriptions available from the online catalogue)
Students can select, in consultation with their advisor, at least two (for thesis students) or 3 (for non-thesis students) different departmental courses from either list below to provide depth of learning within an interest area. All are 3 credit hours unless indicated otherwise. (Course Offerings Vary Each Academic Year)
|FCS 5150||Admin. & Supervis. of Early Childhood Programs|
|FCS 5170||Creativity & Cognition in Young Children|
|FCS 5190||Early Childhood Internship|
|FCS 5210||Family Life Education|
|FCS 5230||Adolescent Development in the Family|
|FCS 5240||Adult Dev. & Family Relations in Later Life|
|FCS 5250||Theories of Human Development|
|FCS 5280||Divorce & Remarriage|
|FCS 5311 & 5312||Childhood Healthcare I & II|
|FCS 5350||Family Theories|
|FCS 5380||Family Problems|
|FCS 5390||Gender & Minorities Across the Lifespan|
|FCS 5610||Gender, Race, Class & Community|
|FCS 6120||Demographic Methods|
|FCS 6700||Research for Consumer & Community Needs|
|FCS 6962||Special Topics (1-3)|
|FCS 5120||Demographic Methods|
|FCS 5430||Families, Consumers, and Health & Government|
|FCS 5510||Family Investing Planning|
|FCS 5520||Retirement and Benefits Planning for Families|
|FCS 5530||Income Tax Planning for Families|
|FCS 5540||Family Estate Planning|
|FCS 5610||Gender, Race, Class & Community|
|FCS 6120||Demographic Methods & Community Development|
|FCS 6400||Families and Economic Policy|
|FCS 6450||Community Nonprofit Organizations|
|FCS 6563||Program and Policy Evaluation & Behavior|
|FCS 6630||Healthy Communities|
|FCS 6700||Research for Consumer & Community Needs & Evironmental Change|
|FCS 6960||Special Topics (1-3)|
Graduate students can earn an optional graduate certificate from the University of Utah in conjunction with their master's degree in Human Development & Social Policy by completing additional requirements. Certificates available in: