Students majoring in Marriage and Family Studies have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Rome (Italy) during their junior year, at the same cost as a term at DeSales.
Marriages and families are microcosms of life itself. Healthy and happy families tend to produce persons who are able to enjoy their own lives and to contribute meaningfully to society. Our culture, however, struggles more and more with the difficulty of sustaining life-long commitments.
The B.A. degree in Marriage & Family Studies is a unique attempt to highlight the formation of students not only as future working professionals but also as strong spouses and parents. This is the only undergraduate program of its kind among Catholic colleges and universities in the USA!
Students have the opportunity to major or minor in Marriage & Family Studies or to complete a certificate program. With this background, students will be able to make a living in a variety of fields (social services, church ministries, counseling, etc.); more importantly, they will be able to live their lives well in fulfillment of their personal and social existence.
To be graduated with a B.A. degree in Marriage & Family Studies, a student must complete a program of 13 courses, as follows:
Core Courses (7):
- TH 109 - Introduction to Theology (pre-requisite for all TH courses)
- TH 260 - Marriage and the Family
- TH 261 - Sexual Morality
- TH 362 - Jesus Christ
- TH 364 - The Church and Family Life
- TH Values Seminar: TH 478 (Body Talk) or TH 480 (Parenting)
- TH Advanced Study: TH 492 (Internship) or TH 499 (Independent Study)
Required Elective Courses (3):
- HI 302 - Family, Sex, and Marriage
- PO 475 - Politics and the Family
- PL 475 - Friendship, Love, and Sexuality
Controlled Elective Courses (3) - chosen from among the following courses; other courses may be cross-registered or otherwise substituted with the permission of the department chair:
- CJ 354 - Addictions and the Family
- FN 290 - Personal Finance
- NU 302/304 - Maternal Child Nursing
- PS 240 - Human Development
- PS 250 - Social Psychology
- SO 250 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment
- TH 387 - The Meaning of Death and Dying
- TH 473 - Women in the World