Major in Family Sciences

The Family Sciences 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 Family Sciences 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. 

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.S. Major in Family Sciences
Program Coordinator:  (Mrs. Lisa Beene, Interim Program Coordinator: Department Chair)

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC241 General Sociology

34 hours


II. Major Core Requirements

31 hours

FAM205

Introduction to Careers in Family Sciences

FAM 230

Marriage and the Family

3

FAM 288

Personal Finance

3

FAM 310

Developmental Psychology

3

FAM 315

Marriage and Relationship Development

3

FAM 325

Stress and Resilience in Individuals and Families (W)

3

FAM 331

Parenting and Family Relations (W)

3

FAM 335

Human Sexuality

3

FAM 365

Family Life Education Methodology

3

SOC 445

Ethnic Cultures (W)

3

SWK 362

Social Welfare Policies and Services II

3


III. Additional Requirements (choose one emphasis below:

9 - 12 hours

A.  Family and Child Sciences

(9 hours)

FAM 201

Child Development and Lab

3

Choose six (6) hours from the following courses

 6

FAM 299B/399B

Death and Dying

(3)

FAM 305

Childhood Disorders

(3)

FAM 349

Religion, Faith, and Families 

(3)

FAM 360

Men, Faith, and Families

(3)

FAM 405 

Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

(3)

FAM 497*

Senior Practicum

(3)

 

B.  Family Science/Family Life Education

(12 hours)

 FAM 497*

 Senior Practicum

 3

Choose nine (9) hours from the following courses:

 9

 FAM 201

 Child Development and Lab

(3)

 FAM 299B/399B

 Death and Dying

(3)

 FAM 305

 Childhood Disorders

(3)

 FAM 349

 Religion, Faith, and Families

(3) 

 FAM 360

 Men, Faith, and Families

(3) 

 FAM 405

 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy

(3)

 

IV.  Electives (including additional Bible):

48-52 hours

*Students desiring to pursue certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) are required to complete FAM 497 Senior Practicum