Prerequisite: DSP 211 & 212 : 19-24 Credit
FAM 251 Foundations for Family Studies : 12 Credit
FAM 252 Foundations for Family Studies Field Assignment : 8-12 Credit
FAM 253 Foundations for Family Studies Practicum : 8-12 Credit

Either:
FAM 101 Bible and Family Integration Seminar or
FAM 102 Worldview and Family Integration Seminar

 One approved course chosen from the following: 20-24 Credit
CNH 211 Foundations for Counseling Ministry & field assignment
EDN 251 Children at Risk & field assignment
EDN 221 Principles in Child and Youth Ministries & field assignment
CHR 291 School of Youth Ministry and field assignment
CNH 317 Couples & Family Counseling Ministry and field assignment
Elective Course, Directed Readings, Seminars : 0-16 Credit

Total Credits for Associate of Arts Degree : 84 Credit
*Offered through the College of Education


This U of N course introduces students to the Christian biblical foundational concepts of family life, presents a model for the study and understanding the dynamics of family life, and introduces basic tools for helping relate to families. The three-month lecture phase presents a template with the curriculum broken down into nine major categories, with a minimum of one week of a school devoted to each of these categories. The nine categories are to be viewed as the central core, around which the FFS template is to be built. The nine categories are: Biblical worldview of family, a biblical family model, Family of Origin model, marriage relationship, parenting, basic 1-2 hour seminar skills, Family Life, Skills for helping families, and family ministering together. Students can anticipate a challenge to personal growth in and development of Christian character traits. Students will increase their competence in their ability to minister to other families.

  • Prerequisite: DSP 211/212
  • Credit: 12

This 8-12 week field assignment/internship is in accordance with U of N guidelines, and is also a vital part of the training, allowing students to assimilate and apply the teaching & skills learned in the lecture phase more effectively as a family in a team context, by providing opportunities to work as a team/with a team.

  • Prerequisite: FAM 251
  • Credit: 12 

This three-month Practicum is designed for students who have completed Foundations for Family Studies FAM 251 with Field Assignment and who desire further experience and mentoring in the Family Sphere. The goal of the Practicum is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the FAM 251/252 and to familiarize them with a broad spectrum of opportunities for serving and helping families through service with a family sphere Ministry to families. Typical activities include: family discipleship, mobilizing for missions, child and youth evangelism, and ministries with families and young people. The emphasis is on gaining expertise through practical ministry involvement.

  • Prerequisite: FAM 251/252
  • Credit: 12