Guided Electives

(These credits are designed to be taken under the supervision of faculty. Students must contact their advisor before enrolling in a guided elective. Up to six hours may be taken as electives.)


HIST 6100 United States Constitutional History 3-0-3
Development of American constitutionalism from its origins in England and colonies to the present time.

Marriage and Family Therapy

MFTH 6700 Family Sociology 3-0-3
Also offered as SOCI 6700. The social context of contemporary issues facing families. Includes family history, cross-cultural issues, and research and theory regarding changing gender roles, family violence and abuse, divorce, single-parenting, work families, sexual orientation, non-traditional families and other relevant issues.

MFTH 7050 Class, Gender, and Ethnic Issues in Applied Settings 3-0-3
Also listed as SOCI 7050. Prerequisite: MFTH 6800 or SOCI 7011. An in-depth study of the sensitivities needed by family therapists and other social science practitioners to the issues of social class, gender, and ethnicity. Addresses the interface between professional responsibilities and ethics and the social and political context of treatment. A multicultural perspective is to be developed by each student. 

MFTH 7500 Development in the Family System 3-0-3
Also offered as SOCI 7500. Human growth and development within the family system. Includes theories of individual development, developmental tasks over the family life cycle, normative and non-normative change, processes of divorce and remarriage, and social, economic, and ethnic influences on the family life cycle. Implications for practice emphasized.

MFTH 7650 Special Topics in MFT 1-0-1 to 3-0-3
A rotating series of seminars addressing important contemporary issues in the field of marriage and family therapy. Examples of topics include working with children, working with adolescents, spirituality, family violence, and substance abuse. May be repeated for credit.

Public Administration

PADM 7000 Human Resource Management 3-0-3
A study of Human Resource Management. This course examines the processes of personnel administration and relates them to the human resource needs of organizations.

Political Science

POLS 6120 Ethics and Public Policy 3-0-3
May also be taken as PHIL 6120. A study of ethical issues involved in public policy with special emphasis on issues such as affirmative action, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, free speech, and privacy.

POLS 6430 National Security Administration and Policy 3-0-3
An examination of the organizational dynamics, political features, and policy outcomes of the national security decision-making process. Special attention will be placed on the changing role of the National Security Council.

POLS 6610 Public Personnel Administration 3-0-3
An examination of procedures and problems of governmental personnel administration. Studies of governmental agencies are encouraged to give students first-hand knowledge of governmental personnel administration.


SOCI 6200 Sociology of Organizations 3-0-3
Prerequisites: Admission to the program. A sociological analysis of complex organizations. Course foci include theories and concepts in such areas as bureaucracy, power, authority, and organizational culture.

SOCI 6500 Studies in Social Inequalities 3-0-3
Prerequisites: Admission to the program. The study of the systems of stratification (e.g., race, ethnicity, age, gender), and how they impact individuals and social groups.

Social Work

SOWK 6400 Social Welfare Policy, Problems, and Services 3-0-3
History of the social work profession and current patterns of the provision of social services. Policy formulation process, policy analysis and change.

SOWK 7400 Policy in Rural Areas 3-0-3
A continuation of SOWK6400 that focuses on social welfare policies in rural areas and small communities.