This degree has as its emphasis a strong general education in the field of Family Studies/Child Development and provides students with a broad, general approach to the study of the family. This degree is primarily intended for those students who do not wish to pursue graduate school.
An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Studies/Child Development will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic nature of the family and of the conceptual framework on which current family relations theories are based.
- Gain approval as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).
- Demonstrate a knowledge of various cultures and family structure types in our society.
- Demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities applicable to Family Studies majors on the bachelor’s level.
- Demonstrate spiritual development and service to the church.
- Develop an international perspective that encourages tolerance and appreciation of individual differences.
Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.
48 hours, minor required
1. 30 hours family studies
- BIBL-3453 - Personal and Family Finance
- COMM-3353 - Interpersonal Communication
- FMST-1113 - Introduction to Family Studies
- FMST-2423 - Parent-Child Relations
- FMST-3513 - Child Welfare
- FMST-3523 - Human Sexuality
- FMST-3533 - Family Life Education
- FMST-4123 - Divorce and Stepfamily Relationships
- FMST-4713 - Family Studies Practicum
- FMST-4733 - Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues
2. 6 hours family studies electives
3. 12 hours in Child Development chosen from
- CHDV-3013 - Nature and Characteristics of Early Childhood
- CHDV-4023 - Topics in Early Childhood
- FMST-3613 - Adolescence and Early Adulthood
- FMST-3723 - Gerontology
- FMST-3913 - Family Development
- PSYC-3523 - Developmental Psychology
A minor in psychology is highly recommended.
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