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This program aims to introduce you to the extraordinary mystery of mankind’s highest act: natural and supernatural love, caritas. In this comprehensive study, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the meaning and context of relationships, marriage, family life, human development and the Catholic perspective of sexuality in holy matrimony.

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UNCOVER THE MYSTERY OF NATURAL AND SUPERNATURAL LOVE

Explore the philosophical reality of love as the fulfillment of the human person, involving intellect, will and affectivity. You’ll engage with ancient and medieval thinkers to examine the married vocation as well as the concept and history of the family in society. You’ll also gain insight into the critical elements and psychological principles of nourishing a robust, healthy and Catholic family.

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Skills you will gain with

A Marriage and Family Studies DEGREE

  1. Critical Thinking – The philosophical aspects of this program will teach you to think critically, organize your thoughts, and express them clearly and confidently. This, in turn, will allow you to listen, properly understand and deconstruct complex concepts into simple ones.
  2. Understanding of Family Psychology – You’ll gain practical insight into family life cycles, personality, masculinity and femininity, dating and courtship, marriage preparation, the marriage covenant, marriage enrichment, communication, marital sexuality and faith in the family.
  3. Catholic Knowledge of Human Development – You’ll acquire a superior Catholic understanding of human developmental theory covering all stages of human life from conception to natural death. You’ll also explore the development of the conscience, the life of virtue, commitment to human relationships, and the discernment of one’s vocation.
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Required Courses

  • PHIL 310 Philosophy of Love OR PHIL 415 Philosophy of Motherhood
  • PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning
  • PSYC 323 Marriage and Family Psychology
  • THEO 409 Christian Marriage: Theology of the Body

Any one of the following electives

  • BUSN 250 Personal Financial Planning
  • BUSN 415 Meaning of Work: Motherhood and Catholic Family Life
  • EDUC 201 Educational Foundations
  • PSYC 333 Vocational Psychology
  • PSYC 415 Meaning of Work: Motherhood and Catholic Family Life
  • Or as approved by the program director and Dean of Faculty

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The spiritual life on campus is the beating heart of Ave. Whether it’s attending Mass, receiving the sacraments, participating in retreats or getting spiritual direction, you’ll find the spiritual support you need from the priests and staff of Campus Ministry.

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CORE CURRICULUM

With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.

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