Program Policies and Progression Requirements
The department’s major is designed for students whose educational and career goals are focused on studying and working with children and families within educational programs, community services, and other professional settings. The major is designed to accommodate the special interests or strengths of students to allow for flexibility and individualization. Students design a program of study in consultation with their advisor that includes a set of required courses, a complement of courses across the social sciences that support individual interests, and a 12-hour practicum that will complete their program of study. All students graduating with a child and family studies major will have in-depth knowledge about children and families, a broad integrative perspective, and means for application. Students must complete a total of 15 credits of Advanced Social Science coursework. Advanced Social Science courses may not be used to fulfill any other elective requirement. This required program of coursework meets the current eligibility requirements for certification as a “Certified Family Life Educator” (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations’ approved program mechanism. Students interested in applying for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator are encouraged to pursue the steps indicated at ncfr.org.
Students are expected to know the criteria they must meet in order to progress into a practicum (CFS 470, CFS 472, CFS 480, or CFS 490) and to regularly monitor their progress in meeting these criteria. Students will not be allowed to progress into the practicum until these criteria are met. If students do not appear able to meet these criteria, they are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to plan an alternative educational program. Specific information on how to apply for the practicum is available from the student’s advisor. Students must work closely with their advisor to ensure that they understand the requirements for progression and that they strictly follow the application process for the practicum experience of their choice.
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Honors Program
Child and Family Studies majors have the opportunity to participate in the college’s honors program. For eligibility and requirements, see College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Honors Program.
Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences – Child and Family Studies Major – Community Outreach Track
|Chosen from Volunteer Core list. At least one of the natural sciences electives must have a laboratory.
|At least 48 hours in 300-400 level courses are required.
|Advanced Social Science Electives: Students must complete 15 credit hours of upper division (300-400 level) coursework in anthropology, Africana studies, child and family studies, communication studies, counselor education, educational psychology, history, Latin American and Caribbean studies, political science, psychology, public health, recreation and sport management, social work, sociology, and/or women, gender, and sexuality studies. A course may not be used to fulfill any other elective requirement. Check the Undergraduate Catalog for any prerequisites required for these courses.
|Meets Written Communication and Applied Oral Communication requirements.
|CFS 470, CFS 480, and CFS 490 require a cumulative GPA of 2.5; completion of all prerequisites enforced by the registration system; a minimum grade of C in all child and family studies courses; completed application; student conduct and criminal background clearance. CFS 470 and CFS 480 must be completed in one semester. CFS 490 may be completed over several semesters.
* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements.