B.S. Degree in Family Studies/ Child Development


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:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic nature of the family and of the conceptual framework on which current family relations theories are based.
  2. Gain approval as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of various cultures and family structure types in our society.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities applicable to Family Studies majors on the bachelor’s level.
  5. Demonstrate spiritual development and service to the church.
  6. 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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