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Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family (SMF)

Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family is an Interdisciplinary Program students may choose along with a Major in an undergraduate discipline or with a General Non-major Program.

The SMF program might be of interest to anyone with questions about sexuality, marriage and the family and be particularly relevant to those who intend to pursue, or are currently involved in, a career in health care, social services, counselling, or teaching.

The program is offered within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo but is administered by the University of St. Jerome's College which is federated with the University of Waterloo. Students may choose the program as an Honours Option, as a Minor or as a General Option.

A Diploma program in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family is available for those who wish to do some focused study in this field, but who are either not seeking a university degree or already holding such a degree.

The Honours Option in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family

This option is intended for students, pursuing any type of Honours degree at UW, who would like to gain specialization in the area of sexuality, marriage and the family.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Honours degree in the home discipline, the Honours Option in SMF requires the successful completion of at least 14 term courses chosen from the Approved List of Sexuality, Marriage and the Family courses. These 14 term courses must include:

  1. SMF 204 Introduction to Sexuality and Sex Education 1
    and
    SMF 206 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 1
  2. SMF 205 Introduction to Sexuality and Sex Education 2
    or
    SMF 207 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 2
  3. Three of
    SMF 304 Advanced Study of Sexuality and Sex Education 1
    SMF 305 Advanced Study of Sexuality and Sex Education 2
    SMF 306 Advanced Study of Marriage and the Family 1
    SMF 307 Advanced Study of Marriage and the Family 2
    SMF 308 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 1
    SMF 309 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 2
  4. One of SMF 404 Independent Study: Special Topics in Sexuality
    SMF 406 Independent Study: Special Topics in Marriage and the Family
    SMF 408 Independent Study: Special Topics in Marriage and the Family Therapy
A cumulative average of at least 75% must be maintained in these seven SMF courses.

Upon completion of the requirements of the Honours degree in their home discipline, and of those of the Honours Option in SMF, students are granted a Bachelor's degree in their subject area with the subtitle: Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family.

The Minor in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family

A Minor in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family is available to students pursuing any type of Honours degree at UW (including a four-year Major program in Arts) who would like some specialization in this field of study. The requirements for the Minor consist of the successful completion of at least ten term courses chosen from the Approved List of Sexuality, Marriage and the Family Courses. The ten term courses must include:

  1. SMF 204 Introduction to Sexuality and Sex Education 1
    and
    SMF 206 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 1
  2. SMF 205 Introduction to Sexuality and Sex Education 2
    or
    SMF 207 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 2
  3. Two of
    SMF 304 Advanced Study of Sexuality and Sex Education 1
    SMF 305 Advanced Study of Sexuality and Sex Education 2
    SMF 306 Advanced Study of Marriage and the Family 1
    SMF 307 Advanced Study of Marriage and the Family 2
    SMF 308 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 1
    SMF 309 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 2
A cumulative average of at least 70% must be obtained in these five SMF courses.

Upon completion of the requirements of the Honours degree in their home discipline, or of the General degree in a four-year program in Arts, and of those of the Minor in SMF, students are granted a Bachelor's degree in their subject area with the subtitle: Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family.

The General Option

The General Option in SMF is available to students pursuing a General degree in any undergraduate discipline or a Non-major Arts degree at UW. The requirements for the General Option are the same as those for the Minor program in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family, except that the cumulative average in the five SMF courses must be at least 65%.

Upon completion of the requirements of the General degree in their home discipline (or of a Non-major Arts degree), and of those of the General Option in SMF, students are granted a Bachelor's degree in their subject area with the subtitle: Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family.

The UW Diploma in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family

The program is intended for part-time students who seek education in this field but who do not wish to obtain an undergraduate degree or already hold such a degree. Requirements are the same as those for the General Option in SMF; that is, successful completion of ten courses from the Approved List of Sexuality, Marriage and the Family courses. Five of these ten courses must be the SMF courses specified for the Minor in SMF, and the cumulative average in these courses must be at least 65%.

Approved List of Sexuality, Marriage and the Family Courses

ANTH 350 Culture and Sexuality
ENGL 108E Women in Literature
ENGL 208E Women Writers of the 20th Century
HIST 202 The Individual and the Family in History
HIST 241 Society and the Sexes in Early Modern Europe
HLTH 220 Health and the Family
ISS 350H Values and the Contemporary Family
PHIL 201 Love
PHIL 202 Philosophy of Women and Men
PHIL 318J Philosophy of the Family
PSYCH 235 Psychological Perspectives on Gender and Sex
PSYCH 236 A Psychological Analysis of Human Sexuality
PSYCH 354 Interpersonal Relations
RS 236 Human Sexuality and Christian Morality
RS 382 Theology of Marriage
SOC 200 Sociology of the Family
SOC 206 Gender Roles
SOC 209 Family Origin and Personal Identity
SOCWK 321R Social Work with Families

One of

SOCWK 355R Child Maltreatment
SOCWK 357R Family Violence
SOCWK 390A Family Violence: Advanced Seminar
SOCWK 390B Family Violence: Advanced Seminar
W S 200 Introduction to Women's Studies
W S 300 Seminar in Women's Studies
SMF 204/205 Introduction to Sexuality and Sex Education 1 and 2
SMF 206/207 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 1 and 2
SMF 304/305 Advanced Study of Sexuality and Sex Education 1 and 2
SMF 306/307 Advanced Study of Marriage and the Family 1 and 2
SMF 308/309 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy 1 and 2
SMF 404 Independent Study: Special Topics in Sexuality
SMF 406 Independent Study: Special Topics in Marriage and the Family
SMF 408 Independent Study: Special Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy

Further Information

Please contact the Director, J.K. Rempel, University of St. Jerome's College, Room 224; tel. 884-8111, ext. 212.


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