B.S. Degree in Family Studies


The B.S. Degree in Family Studies is a pre-professional degree that emphasizes preparation for graduate school. Students who wish to pursue advanced degrees, either the master’s or doctorate, are encouraged to pursue this degree rather than the B.S. Degree in Family Studies/Child Development. With the growth of marriage and family graduate school programs and the increasing influence of systems theory in psychology, the need to prepare students for study as marriage and family counselors is increasing.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies 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. Exhibit professional development in the research field by presenting an experimental research project at a state level conference.
  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 and graduate degree levels.
  5. Have GRE scores adequate for admission to most regional universities.
  6. Gain admission to a graduate school commensurate to GPA and GRE scores.
  7. Demonstrate spiritual development and service to the church.
  8. Develop an international perspective that encourages 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.

57 hours   

1. 24 hours family studies

  • FMST-1113 - Introduction to Family Studies
  • FMST-2423 - Parent-Child Relations
  • FMST-3523 - Human Sexuality
  • FMST-3933 - Cybernetics and Systems Theory
  • FMST-4123 - Divorce and Stepfamily Relationships
  • FMST-4323 - Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy
  • FMST-4653 - Research Seminar (Must be passed with a grade of C or better)
  • FMST-4713 - Family Studies Practicum

2. 3 hours chosen from 

  • FMST-3723 - Gerontology
  • PSYC-3523 - Developmental Psychology

3. 3 hours chosen from 

  • FMST-3613 - Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • FMST-3913 - Family Development

4. 6 hours family studies electives

5. 15 hours psychology

  • PSYC-1113 - General Psychology I
  • PSYC-2413 - Introductory Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC-3213 - Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC-3313 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC-4623 - Experimental Psychology

6. 6 hours psychology electives

All students completing this degree will be required to take the GRE general test the semester prior to graduating (example: if you plan to graduate in the spring, the test must be taken during the fall semester) and have one copy of the scores sent to OC. The cost of this exam will be the student’s responsibility. 

Note: As of May 2013, the cost for the GRE was $185.    

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