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Advanced Marriage and Family Functioning
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The certificate in advanced marriage and family functioning provides students with a basic understanding of the theory and research related to healthy relationships. Students will also develop skills related to communication, advocacy, and money management.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in writing regarding marriage and family.
  • Create practical plans for improving marriage and family functioning.
  • Synthesize relevant research findings pertaining to marriage and family.
  • Effectively advocate for marriage and family through persuasive speaking.
Certificate of Advanced Marriage and Family Functioning
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an advanced certificate. Prior to working on this certificate, you must complete Marriage, Family, and Human Relations.
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Certificate
15 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Certificate of Advanced Marriage and Family Functioning
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
FAML300
Marriage
3
FAML300 — 3 credits
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Marriage
This course focuses on contemporary issues affecting marriage, along with skills and principles needed to build strong and successful marriages.
FAML400
Family Theories and Dynamics
3
FAML400 — 3 credits
x
Family Theories and Dynamics
This course involves an in-depth look at family theories and their assumptions including: systems theory, exchange theory, family development theory, and symbolic interactionism and ecological theory.  Family processes related to power, communication, dysfunctions and addictions, rules and patterns of interaction, distance regulation, and family rituals will be explored. Students will use theory to develop intervention and prevention programs.
FAML460
Child and Family Advocacy
3
FAML460  — 3 credits
x
Child and Family Advocacy
This course focuses on current challenges or issues being experienced by children and families and on the development of public policies to address these issues.  An ecological approach to the study of policy formation with the aim of gaining knowledge and skills to successfully advocate for appropriate and effective child and family policies will be explored.
MATH221C
Social Science Statistics
3
MATH221C — 3 credits
x
Social Science Statistics
In this course students will study graphical representation of data, measures of center and spread, elementary probability, sampling distributions, correlation and regression, statistical inference involving means, proportions, and contingency tables.
PSYCH302
Research Methods
3
PSYCH302 — 3 credits
x
Research Methods
This course explores the basic principles of conducting research in psychology. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to: research design, data collection, analysis, reporting results, and ethics of doing research.  This course should be completed by the beginning of junior year.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment within the field of family studies and human services these search terms may be helpful.

  • Social and human service assistant
  • Juvenile services
  • Childcare worker/teacher
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Case aide

Or, search for jobs requiring the skills obtained, such as writing, problem solving, and persuasive speaking.

Degree Options

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BYU-Pathway degree programs (offered in partnership with and granted from BYU-Idaho) are made up of a series of certificates, general and religious education courses, and electives.

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        Bachelor's of Professional Studies

        Students who complete an associate degree in family history research may continue on and earn a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies.