20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog



FSE 1003

Introduction to Family Studies Education

3 Hours

Introduction to Family Studies explores the systematic study of family structures, processes, and dynamics, the matriculation requirements of the program, and opportunities in employment and further education that this major provides. Topics include: contemporary and traditional family practices, satisfaction in family life and sources of family norms with particular attention paid to traditional norms as found in the Judeo Christian ethos as presented in the Bible, American traditions, and Native American traditions.


FSE 2103

Families with Special Needs

3 Hours

This course offers students an introduction into special needs that are part of the daily life of many families in the United States. Topics to be address are: exceptionalities in family members (educational, emotional and behavioral), long term medical care of family members, whether chronic or terminal will be addressed. Other topics include review of short term crises in families often caused by catastrophic instances, long term repetitive cycles of dysfunction in families. Another area of learning will be how families outside the mainstream of society (blended families, non-traditional families and immigrant populations) face unique problems and the resources which may be available to them.


FSE 2203

Addiction in the Family

3 Hours

Addiction in the family is a timely subject for students in the United States. We are bombarded with news stories of addiction and loss on a daily basis. The use of abuse of opioids is considered a national epidemic. This course considers the effects of addiction on the family system. Information will explore topics of various types of addiction and their impact on the family. Special focus will be given to the historical and present issues which may have led to the current level of addiction in the United States and addiction in various populations.

FSE 2333

Ethnic and Non-Traditional Families

3 Hours

This course considers the evolution of the ethnic minority and immigrant families in America’s historical past and its present and examine families’ cross-cultural variabilities and consistencies. The course examines how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families may look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are examined. Students also investigate how sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and governmental policies may impact ethnic and non-traditional families. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate. Special focus will be given to the historical and present issues which may be unique to certain ethnic/social minorities (Native American, Hispanic, African-American, immigrants etc.)


FSE 3103

Aging and the Family

3 Hours

Aging and the Family is designed to be an interdisciplinary course to provide all students in any academic discipline, but particularly those in the Family Studies Education Program with a general background in aging and the challenges and strengths which older persons and their families bring into this life phase.

This course focuses upon students developing an understanding of the aging cycle in the latter portions of life and how its matters impact those going through the processes and members of the family. The course will investigate both the nature of the change and how it may correspond to the development of new needs. How aging of family members impacts a family emotionally, financially and logistically will be analyzed and reviewed.


FSE 3113

Media and the Family

3 Hours

This course will investigate how media impacts the family and will focus on the portrayal of the American family on television from the 1950s to the present, how family communication is being impacted in the digital age, and how electronic media is impacting the social, emotional, and physiological development of children, from toddlers to adolescents. Topics include how families are portrayed in the media, gender role stereotypes in the media, family communication, screen time and the young child, educational videos and the young child, online dating, social media, chat sites, cyber-bullying, and internet pornography.

FSE 3222

Family Finance

2 Hours

This course will show students how to manage personal and family finances in a practical way.

Economic downturns, recession, credit card debt, downsizing, dead-end jobs, and inadequate or depleted savings all can cause individuals and families to suffer. With these challenges come others as well. Recent studies confirm that more than half of all divorces are the result of financial pressures at home. And spiritually, many people are struggling to maintain a proper perspective amidst the constant tug of materialism. A key concept of the Christian faith is stewardship and proper management of resources.


FSE 3333

Community Resources for Families

3 Hours

This course offers a look at the numerous community resources available for families in Muskogee County and nationwide. Every community has needs and deficits that ought to be attended to. In this course we will learn how to identify community assets and resources, and how to engage them in the community change effort. We will identify community assets and resources and show how they can be harnessed to meet community needs and to strengthen the community as a whole.

FSE 3403

Education of the Adult Population

3 Hours

This course will cause students to investigate the challenges and agencies which may impact education of adults. The course will introduce students into basic concepts of andragogy.  Students will investigate variations in purpose, motivation, curriculum, learning style, area of interest between learners in K12 and younger learners in higher education and that of adult populations.  Finally the approaches used by varying agencies (public/private, secular/religious, culturally based) will be compared and contrasted.  Pre-requisites, PED 2603 and ENG 1113 required and PED 3103 co-requisite.  A background check is required for this course.


FSE 3663

Geriatric Psychology

3 Hours

This course presents students with theories of psychology that may be particular to human beings as they age and mature. Utilizing the work of Erikson students will identify and analyze the conflicts that humans undergo in their later years investigating the crises and how favorable outcomes (integrity) are achieved and unfavorable outcomes (despair) overcome.


FSE 4113

Education Research

3 Hours

Research is a prevailing phenomenon in the modern world. Scholars and practitioners in the academic disciplines and professions engage in research. This course will include an examination of the nature and characteristics of education research. The main purpose is to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research and to help them become knowledgeable consumers of research data. Students will be able to distinguish between Basic (Theoretical), Applied, and Practical research. They will gain an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis that encourage reflection and innovations critical for the field of education. Prerequisite: All professional education and specialization courses must have a grade of C or above and 2.75 GPA


FSE 4116

Practicum in Family Studies

6 Hours

Family Studies majors meeting the prerequisites will engage in an off-campus internship program in a business or organization whose mission reflects the interests of the student. The student will fulfill a minimum 240 hours spent with the internship organization, supervised by a member of the organization’s management. A journal will be submitted chronicling the events experienced, evaluating and analyzing the methods employed during the day’s activities. The intern will represent Bacone College in a courteous, responsible, and professional manner.


FSE 4153

Applications of Family Case Theory

3 Hours

Researchers who study children have emphasized family processes that influence children's psychological well-being and subsequent development and consider the impact of the family as system in adulthood. Drawing on family systems theories, we examine how differences emerge from family interactions in adulthood. Specific application of theoretical principles is discussed and analyzed. especially their appropriateness for working with culturally diverse groups.


FSE 4223

Death and Dying

3 Hours

Death and Dying is a process that all human beings go through, and is indeed the last act we do as humans. This course will inform students of the processes of death and dying from the perspectives of the participants, including family and clinical workers. Cultural, historic, and religious views about death will be analyzed. Topics will include: death and dying, grief and bereavement, preparations for families, medical and hospice care, assisted suicide, common cultural perceptions of death and dying, and the differences between a death which is predictable and when an unexpected death occurs. Students will utilize analysis and inquiry skills to refine critical thinking skills on a difficult subject.


FSE 4253

Adolescent Psychology

3 Hours

A study of the development and changes that take place as a child moves from childhood into adolescence.  Study includes an analysis of characteristics dominant in adolescence.  Special reference is made to the application of psychological principles.