Bachelor of Science in Family Science

This program prepares students for careers in the fields of Family Life Education, Child Life, and other 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 that makes them 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, and human sexuality education. The Child Life Specialist concentration also builds on the Family Science core such that students take additional coursework that makes them 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.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
FSW 245Children and Families: Ages Conception - 123
FSW 261Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle3
FSW/KNH 295Research and Evaluation Methods4
FSW 475/FSW 575Family Theories3
FSW 481/FSW 581Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-253
FSW 494/FSW 594Internship with Families and Children2-6
Concentration Area
Select either the Family Life Education or Child Life Specialist concentration24-26
Total Credit Hours42-48

 Concentrations

Family Life Education

Take all of the following:
FSW 361Couple Relationships: Diversity and Change3
FSW 365Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures3
FSW 418/FSW 518The Family Life Education Process3
FSW 442/FSW 542Family Resource Management Education and Advocacy3
FSW 451/FSW 551Family Violence3
FSW/GTY 466Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging3
FSW 490/FSW 590Professional Issues in Family Science3
Family Policy
Select one of the following:3-4
Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups
Family Policy and Law
Total Credit Hours24-25

 Child Life Specialist

Select all of the following:
BIO 161Principles of Human Physiology4
EDP 256Psychology of the Exceptional Learner3
FSW 318Child Life Theory and Practice3
KNH 209Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
PHL 375Medical Ethics4
STC 136Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
STC 231Small Group Communication3
Loss/Bereavement/Death/Dying
Select one of the following:3
Grief and Mourning: A Global Perspective
Death Studies
Total Credit Hours26