Family Science - Bachelor of Science in Family Science
This program prepares students for careers in the fields of Family Life Education, Child Life Specialist, and related family and human services. At its core, this program explores the diverse cultural and socioeconomic contexts of interpersonal relationships, family systems, and their members across the life span. Core courses focus on developing 1) understanding of interpersonal and familial relationships across the life span, 2) basic research skills used in applied settings (e.g. needs assessment, basic research, program evaluation), and 3) hands-on experiences through an internship and Service-Learning coursework. Students may choose between two concentrations: Family Life Education and Child Life Specialist. The Family Life Education concentration builds on the Family Science core courses in that students take additional coursework in order to be eligible to become a Certified Family Life Educator (https://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification). Some of the topics addressed are diverse couple relationships throughout the life span, family and relationship violence, family policy, family life education methods, human sexuality education and human development. The Child Life Specialist concentration also builds on the Family Science core such that students take additional coursework in order to be eligible to take the Child Life Professional Certification Exam (http://www.childlife.org).
A graduate degree is needed to become a licensed counselor or therapist, or go into social service agency management and policy-making.
STUDENTS PURSUING CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION: The field of Child Life is highly competitive. Therefore, students declaring this concentration must apply for and be admitted to the concentration. Miami University does guarantee successful acceptance to the highly-competitive child life clinical experiences required for certification.
Application/Admission Process to Child Life Specialist Concentration:
- Meet with the Child Life Specialist Academic Advisor (Contact the FSW office for this information).
- Complete concentration admission application (rolling deadline).
|Required Core Courses|
|FSW 245||Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12||3|
|FSW 261||Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle||3|
|FSW 295||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|FSW 475||Family Theories||3|
|FSW 481||Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25||3|
|FSW 494||Internship with Families and Children||2-6|
|Select either the Family Life Education or Child Life Specialist concentration||24-26|
|Total Credit Hours||41-47|
Family Life Education
|Take all of the following:|
|FSW 361||Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change||3|
|FSW 365||Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures||3|
|FSW 418/518||The Family Life Education Process MPC||3|
|FSW 442||Family Resource Management Education and Advocacy||3|
|FSW 451/551||Family Violence MPC||3|
|FSW 466/566||Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging||3|
|FSW 490/590||Professional Issues in Family Science||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups|
|Family Policy and Law (MPC)|
|Total Credit Hours||24-25|
Child Life Specialist
|Select all of the following:|
|FSW 318||Child Life Theory and Practice||3|
|BIO 161||Principles of Human Physiology||4|
|STC 136||Introduction to Interpersonal Communication||3|
|STC 231||Small Group Communication||3|
|EDP 256||Psychology of the Exceptional Learner||3|
|KNH 209||Medical Terminology for Health Professionals||3|
|PHL 375||Medical Ethics||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Grief and Mourning: A Global Perspective|
|Total Credit Hours||26|