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Family & Child Studies

Family & Child Studies (B.S.)

Family and Child Studies imageAll three emphases in Family and Child Studies prepare students to work as professionals serving families and children or to pursue secondary teaching certification in Family and Consumer Science. All emphases provide a foundation for graduate study.

The School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences participates in an interdisciplinary major in early childhood studies and an interdisciplinary minor in gerontology.

Emphasis 1: Family and Individual Development

This emphasis provides career enhancement for students who have prior work experience with individuals and/or families or who plan to pursue a career in secondary education or higher education in family and child studies and related fields. Students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in related fields with a research rather than a service focus are advised to take classes in this emphasis.

Students hoping to do graduate work should strongly consider a minor in sociology, psychology, or political science.

A complete description of the degree requirements is given in the Family and Child Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog|Degree Path

Emphasis 2: Family Social Services

This emphasis is intended for students who seek entry-level employment in family service, family life education, mental health, or community welfare agencies which serve primarily older children, adolescents, adults, couples, and/or the elderly. Students planning to pursue advanced degrees in social work, family and child studies, marriage and family therapy, and related fields should take classes in this emphasis.

Students not meeting the requirements for entry into the internship may, with the consent of the department, change to Emphasis 1, Family and Individual Development, in order to complete graduation requirements.

Students hoping to do graduate work should strongly consider a minor in sociology, psychology, or political science.

A complete description of the degree requirements is given in the Family and Child Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog|Degree Path|Family Life Education

Emphasis 3: Child Development

This emphasis provides preparation for professionals who serve infants, toddlers, and young children and their parents in parent-child programs, both home- and community-based; in programs for parents and expectant parents; in child-life program, early intervention, and early childhood education; and in leadership/advocacy positions. Students planning to pursue advanced degrees in child development, family and child studies, and related fields should take classes in this emphasis.

A complete description of the degree requirements is given in the Family and Child Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog|Degree Path