Major in Child and Family Studies

The Child and Family Studies major provides in-depth knowledge of the strengths and physical, psychological, economic, and social well-being of families. Career opportunities include: early childhood education, childcare, eldercare, gerontology, family life education, and other community-based programs for families.

The Child and Family Studies program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting all standards and criteria for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) is also available through the Child and Family Studies program.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Child and Family Studies
Program Coordinator:  Dr. Keith Mask

Requirements for Teacher Licensure in Child and Family Studies (Early Childhood – PreK-3): See Requirements for second major in Education (Early Childhood – PreK-3)

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display

34 hours


II. Major Core Requirements

42 hours

COM 243

Interpersonal Communication

FAM 201

Child Development and Lab

3

FAM 230

Marriage and the Family

3

FAM 305

Childhood Disorders (W)

3

FAM 310

Developmental Psychology

3

FAM 331

Parenting and Family Relations (W)

3

FAM 335

Human Sexuality

3

FAM 345

Child Management Through Adolescence

3

FAM 355

Family Policies (W)

3

FAM 365*

Family Life Education Methodology

3

FAM 388

Personal and Family Financial Planning

3

FAM 431

Administration of Child & Family Programs

3

SOC 241

General Sociology

3

SOC 445

Ethnic Cultures (W)

3


III. Recommended Electives for B.S. Major in Child and Family Studies:

(including additional Bible)

50 hours

BIB 433

Personal Counseling

3

FAM 299B

Death and Dying

3

PSY 408

Family and Individual Counseling

3

HEA 121

Principles of Nutrition

3

SWK 251

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: Childhood and Adolescence

3

SWK 252

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: Adulthood and Aging

3

 

*Students graduating with a Child and Family Studies major with Teacher Licensure are exempt from taking FAM 365 Family Life Education Methodology.

Note:  Students desiring to pursue certification as a Family Life Educator are required to complete FAM 497 Senior Practicum.