Family Studies

Jay Parkes, Department Chairperson
Department of Individual, Family and Community Education
Family Studies, Simpson Hall
MSC05 3040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-4535

Virginia C. Shipman, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Associate Professors
Ziarat Hossain, Ph.D., Syracuse University
Pamela Olson, Ph.D., Oregon State University

Professors Emeritae
Estella A. Martinez, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Mary Smith, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Pauline Turner, Ph.D., University of Texas

Program information and application for admission: Family Studies Program, College of Education Advisement Center, Hokona Hall, 277-3190, and Family Studies Program office at Simpson Hall, 277-4535.


The mission of the Family Studies program is to prepare students for participation in a complex and challenging society by working in arenas that endeavor to enhance individual and family strengths. Strengthening families and their individual members facilitates the development of a life long learning environment. Programs are designed to provide a solid foundation in human development, interpersonal relations, family relations and family resource management that recognizes the dynamic interactions of theory, research and relevant practices. Family Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field, exemplifying effective practice and scholarly inquiry that are sensitive and responsive to issues of cultural diversity. Consistent with the mission of the College of Education, Family Studies addresses critical education issues within the contexts of families and communities in both the educational and social services environments. The scholarly work of the program extends to the community through collaboration with families, schools, health and social service agencies, businesses, public policy agendas and government entities. Faculty and students strive to be responsive to the evolving needs of external constituencies.


Family Studies programs (undergraduate through doctoral levels) have focused on learning, relationships and roles across the developments–from conception to death. Programs prepare students to affect the optimal well-being of families and individuals, recognizing that characteristics and needs of families change across the lifespan and within the contexts of multiple environments. Families provide children’s first learning environments, which impact children’s education and learning through life. Families are also the primary transmitters of values from one generation to the next and the major providers of human services for family and child development. Thus, Family Studies occupies a unique position and critical role in the College of Education.

Majors and Degrees

Family Studies, B.S.
Human Development and Family Relations, B.S.
Family Studies, B.A.

* Students from Arts and Sciences can earn a B.A. degree in Family Studies. See College of Arts and Sciences for specific program requirements.

Students wishing to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator designation of the National Council on Family Relations refer to the NCFR web site. For details on requirements and application Note that a course in human sexuality is required.


Family Studies
Human Development and Family Relations

Contact the Family Studies Program, Simpson Hall, for more information and specific requirements.


FS 202. Infant Growth and Development. (3)

FS 207L. Infant Laboratory. (1)

FS 213. Marriage and Family Relationships. (3)

FS 281. Introduction to Family Studies. (3)

FS 304. Growth and Development in Middle Childhood. (3)

FS 310. Friends and Intimate Relationships. (3)

FS 312. Parent-Child Interactions. (3)

FS 313. Family Theories and Contemporary Lifestyles. (3)

FS 315. Adolescent Development in the Family. (3)

FS 341. Ecological Aspects of Housing. (3)

FS 343. Family Management Theories. (3)

FS 344. Consumer Decisions. (3)

FS 391 / 591. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

FS 395. Field Experience I. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

FS 403. Growth and Development of the Preschool Child. (3)

FS 407L. Preschool Child Laboratory. (1)

FS *411. Marriage and Family Life Education. (3)

FS 412. Fathering. (3)

FS 416. Adult Development in the Family. (3)

FS 443. Application of Family Management Theories. (3)

FS *444. Family Finance. (3)

FS 481. Families and Public Policy. (3)

FS *484. Ethnic Minority Families. (3)

FS 493 / 593. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

FS 495. Field Experience II. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

FS 497. Reading and Research in Honors I. (2)

FS 498. Reading and Research in Honors II. (2)

FS 499. Honors Thesis. (2)

FS 500. Family Studies Professional Seminar. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)

FS 501. Parent Education. (3)

FS 502. Developmental Issues in Families: Early Childhood. (3)

FS 503. Seminar in Human Growth and Development. (3)

FS 504. Developmental Issues in Families: Middle Childhood and Adolescence. (3)

FS 508. Developmental Issues in Families: Adulthood and Aging. (3)

FS 512. Working with Children and Families. (3)

FS 513. Seminar-Current Issues in Family Studies. (3, no limit Δ)

FS 514. Fatherhood. (3)

FS 517. Family Interaction Theories. (3)

FS 543. Managing Family Resources. (3)

FS 546. Family Systems Theories. (3)

FS 570. Research Methods in Family Studies. (3)

FS 571. Application of Family Research. (1)

FS 581. Seminar: Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues in Family Studies. (3)

FS 584. Multicultural Issues: Working with Families. (3)

FS 591 / 391. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

FS 593 / 493. Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

FS 595. Advanced Field Experiences. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

FS 598. Directed Readings in Family Studies. (3-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

FS 599. Master’s Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

FS 670. Advanced Seminar in Theory and Research in Family Studies I. (3)

FS 671. Advanced Seminar in Theory and Research in Family Studies II. (3)

FS 696. Internship. (3-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

FS 699. Doctoral Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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