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Welcome to the Family Studies graduate program. You will spend the next five
quarters working and learning with your cohort in the program. This graduate
level education is designed to offer you advanced skills and knowledge to work
with a diverse range of families throughout the life span. This handbook will
provide you with an overview of the program and the expectations of you as a
graduate student. We look forward to working with you during your career in
the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences.


The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to
prepare competent, enlightened citizens who will enhance their respective
professions, commit themselves to socially responsible leadership, and help
develop the global economy in a spirit of cooperation.

The mission of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is to facilitate learning
which will enable graduates to be responsible leaders in their professions and in
society and to encourage the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge
which will enhance the quality of life for individuals and families at all stages of
the family life cycle.

This program is designed for individuals in the social sciences who are interested
in becoming trained professionals who work with individuals and families to
promote well-being and positive interactions within families.

The program emphasizes the ten content areas established by the National
Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and meets the standards for Certification as
a Family Life Educator. It takes a multidisciplinary approach and prepares
graduates for employment in state and federal social service positions and non-
governmental organizations as family life educators. This program also prepares
graduates for careers in the administration and evaluation of community
programs serving individuals and families across the lifespan.

                             PROGRAM OF STUDY

Students enter the program in the fall and complete the program with their
cohort members the following fall (including summer). Students enroll in ten
credit hours each quarter. Therefore you must begin and end the program as a
cohort. If a student withdraws for a quarter, she must wait for the next cohort to
complete the course sequence.

                                CLASS SEQUENCE
CLASS                                                               QUARTER
SOC 501 Social Science Research Methods (4)                         Fall 07
SOC 510 Ethics (1)                                                  Fall 07
FCSF 531 Conceptual Frameworks in Family Analysis (3)               Fall 07
FCFS 533 Family Life Ed Methodology (2)                             Fall 07
SOC 564 Descriptive Statistics (2)                                  Winter 08
SOC 557 Families in Society (3)                                     Winter 08
FCFS 535 Family Resource Management (3)                             Winter 08
FCSF 537 Sex Ed (2)                                                 Winter 08
SOC 565 Inferential Statistics (2)                                  Spring 08
FCSF 539 Families and Policy (4)                                    Spring 08
FCSF 534 Human Development Across the Life Span (3)                 Spring 08
Thesis (2)                                                          Spring 08
FCSF 590 Co-op Ed (8)                                               Summer 08
Thesis (2)                                                          Summer 08
FCSF 536 Parent Education (4)                                       Fall 08
FCSF 532 Family Interaction (4)                                     Fall 08
Thesis (2)                                                          Fall 08

All students must complete a course of study form (available from the graduate
office) listing all courses to be completed in order to receive the degree. The
course of study form is to be completed before a student has accumulated
twenty-five (25) quarter hours; however, it may be required before that for
Financial Aid purposes. Typically this is required prior to the completion of the
spring quarter.

Because this is a cohort program, classes may NOT be transferred from other
institutions. For example, if you took a graduate-level class at CWU or another
institution, you may not count that course as meeting the requirement for the
master’s degree in Family Studies.

                            ACADEMIC STANDING

There are academic standards required for graduate students enrolled in the
Family Studies program. Any graduate student whose cumulative grade point
average falls below 3.0 at the end of any quarter will be placed on academic
probation for the next academic quarter. If, after one quarter of probation, the
student fails to raise her/his cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or above, the
student will be dropped from the University. Students may not receive a master's
degree from Central if their cumulative grade point average is below 3.0.

The cumulative grade point average is calculated using all courses taken after
admission into a graduate program, whether part of the approved Course of
Study or not. Grades for all courses included on the Course of Study must
average at least 3.0 (B). Credit will not be accepted for courses on the course of
study in which a grade lower than "C" is earned.

                             GRADUATE SUPPORT

The Department Head oversees the functioning of the entire department. Among
other duties, the department head must give signature approval to various forms
graduate students must submit. Because the Department Head maintains
general supervision over the department, she is a very appropriate individual
with whom to discuss department problems or concerns. Dr. Jan Bowers is the
Department Head, her office is in Michaelsen room 100.

The relationship between you and your adviser is very important as you embark
on your graduate career. Your adviser guides you in many areas, including
graduate committee selection, writing, research, master’s project, practicum,
academic progress, and future career directions. This individual is your advocate
with the department, the university and the professional community. Take time
to choose your adviser carefully. Consider the following as you make your

      How useful will this professor be in helping you research your thesis topic
       or complete your master’s project?
      Do the two of you have mutual interests regarding the topic or area?
      Can you work with this person, in terms of compatible personalities, work
       style, and so forth?
      Do the two of you share mutual expectations regarding your graduate
      How will your adviser facilitate your career development as a student and
       as a professional?

The adviser must have a doctorate and graduate faculty status. Generally, the
adviser is a faculty member in your graduate program.

Every master's degree candidate must have a graduate committee of at least
three members. Interdisciplinary membership is strongly recommended. A
student is expected to work with her adviser in forming her graduate committee.
The student must submit a Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form to
the graduate office. If approved, the committee becomes the student's official
advisory committee. The thesis or non-thesis project advisor is the student's
graduate committee chair and generally is a faculty member in the department of

Only a regular member of the graduate faculty may serve as chair of a graduate
committee. Adjunct faculty may serve as committee members with the approval
of the associate vice president of graduate studies, research and continuing


Family Studies graduate students are required to complete a thesis, a master’s
project, or a comprehensive exam as part of their MS degree. Each of these
options are described below. You will work closely with your advisor to decide
which of these options best fits with your career objectives. Your advisor will
also provide you with more detailed expectations for each of these options. Your
graduate committee will guide you in planning and implementing your graduate
thesis, project, or examination.

A thesis is an empirical paper in which the student (a) identifies a well-defined
research problem and justifies its investigation; (b) derives specific, testable
hypotheses or research questions; and (c) tests the hypotheses by collecting and
analyzing new data or by using an existing data set for secondary analysis. The
data may be obtained by experimental, quasi-experimental, observational, or
survey methods, or through qualitative analyses of interviews or documents.
Students are encouraged to collaborate with their advisor/committee towards
publishing their thesis research. For students who may be interested in
continuing in their education to earn a Ph.D., completing the thesis option is
strongly encouraged as doctoral programs typically view research as a critical
skill in their doctoral students.

The master’s project involves the application of professional knowledge to a
unique problem or task with the potential of contributing to the solution of the
problem and producing change. The project report is a scientific report
documenting the student’s work on the project in which the student (a) identifies
a well-defined problem and justifies the project, (b) reviews the literature to
determine what is already known about the problem, (c) describes the approach,
design, research methods, data collection or appropriate procedures used to
investigate the problem and complete the project, (d) reports on the findings,
products or outcomes of the project and (e) reflects on how the project
contributes to the give field and on the experience of completing the project and
its success.

The purpose of the master’s exam is to (a) provide the student with an
opportunity to demonstrate a synthesis of knowledge gained through the
Master's program course work, (c) assess the student's knowledge gained in
course work and his/her ability to retain and use this knowledge over a long
period of time, and to (c) assess the student's ability to clearly communicate
information and ideas related to the profession. Examinations are graded by the
student’s graduate committee.

Students should allow ample time to complete their master’s thesis/project. It
typically is a three-quarter endeavor: one quarter to clarify your research
question (or problem) and review the related literature; one quarter to collect,
code, and analyze data (after obtaining approval from the Human Research
Committee) or complete the project; and one quarter to write the results and
discussion sections of the paper, to have the final copies prepared, and to have
your project defense.

During the student's first quarter in graduate school, it is important to get to
know faculty and to explore ways in which the student can become involved
with faculty in their areas of expertise. Informal conversations with faculty often
help identify possible directions for research or project development in the
student's area of interest. Delaying starting on a master’s thesis or project will
create time pressures and unnecessary stress.


Graduate students are not assigned offices in the department. Department keys
may be issued at the discretion of the department, depending on your
involvement in a special project or other unique need. To obtain a key in such a
situation, students should speak to their adviser.

                              CWU RESOURCES

Below are links to websites describing services across the CWU campus that may
be useful at some point during your graduate career. Your advisor and other
faculty in the department can also serve as resources in directing you to any
services or offices that may not be included on this list.


Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Services

CWU Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Studies Forms

Office of Continuing Education

Career Services

Disability Support Services

Student Employment Services

Diversity Education Center

                       FACULTY/STAFF LIST

Dr. Eric Cheney received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of
Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. He has been teaching since 2001 and came to
CWU in September 2006. Dr. Cheney’s research interests include Economic
Sociology (Socioeconomics), the sociology of Deviance and Social Control (e.g.,
Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Corporate Crime, the Sociology of Law) and
social networks. He has extensive education and research experience in statistics
and quantitative research methods.

Dr. John Dugan -

Dr. Patricia Gross received her PhD in Family Studies from the University of
Arizona in 1994 and taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Northwest
Missouri State University before coming to CWU in Fall 2005. Since coming to
CWU, Dr. Gross has worked closely with the director of the Student
Empowerment Center to establish the Child and Family Learning Center.
Current research interests include academic and social integration of
nontraditional age college students.

Dr. Judith Hennessy received her PhD from Washington State University in 2005.
Her research focuses on gender, the welfare to work transition, and work and
family issues for low-income women with a particular interest on the intersection
of cultural and social changes and public policy.

Dr. Jennifer Krafchick received her PhD in Education with Human Development
and Family Studies (2007) and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy (2003) from
Colorado State University. She has been teaching courses in both Family Studies
and Women’s Studies since 2003. Her research interests include Gender in
Families and Relationships, Social Justice Education, Domestic Violence and
Sexual Assault Prevention, and Sexuality Education.

Dr. Jan Bowers (
Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences
Michaelsen 100

Bonnie Beekley (
Senior Secretary, FCS
Michaelsen 100

Michelle Cyrus (
Department Secretary, Sociology
Farrell 409

Sandra Bach (
Program Assistant, Continuing Education
Bouillon 206

Dr. Marla Wyatt
Graduate Committee Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences
Michaelsen 132

Dr. Eric Cheney (
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Farrell 426

Dr. John Dugan (
Professor, Sociology
Farrell 436

Dr. Patricia Gross (
Assistant Professor, Family Studies
Michaelsen 327

Dr. Judith Hennessy (
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Farrell 439

Dr. Jennifer Krafchick (
Assistant Professor, Family Studies
Michaelsen 227