Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.

Major

78 semester credit hours.

General Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies is a broad human services degree which may lead to employment working with families in social service agencies ranging from child to geriatric services to church and family planning agencies. The degree is especially appropriate for work in the business world when combined with a business minor or a second major in business. The emphasis upon developing interpersonal skills is advantageous in the business arena. It is an appropriate major for those interested in graduate degrees leading to careers in family therapy or family life education, occupational therapy physical therapy, and counseling and development.

The Family Studies curriculum has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Relevant course work for each of the 10 family life substance areas needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation is included in the degree program. Graduates qualify to complete the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy3
Creative Arts Core3
Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
FS 1001 (Recommend to take 1st or 2nd semester.)Seminar in Family Sciences1
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
FS 1513Human Development3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
FS 2003 (GP)Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective3
FS 2513Early Childhood Development3
FS 3513 or 2503Childhood and Adolescence3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
FS 3633Older Persons and the Family3
FS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education3
FS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
Electives3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
FS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 4523Family Development3
FS 4533Communication and the Family3
FS 4543Developmental Sexuality3
Electives3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences3
FS 4713 or 3713Family Economics3
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3
Electives3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
FS 4733Family Financial Planning3
FS 4773Family Resource Management3
FS 4803 or SOWK 3453Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
FS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences II3
NFS 2343Nutritional Management for the Family And Child3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.

Suggested areas of emphasis utilizing elective courses:

Administration of Child and Family Agencies

BUS 3113Principles of Marketing3
BUS 4153Services Marketing3
BUS 3273Human Resource Management3
or BUS 4443 Small Business Management

Certified Family Life Educator

FS 1513Human Development3
FS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family3
FS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education3
FS 4523Family Development3
FS 4533Communication and the Family3
FS 4543Developmental Sexuality3
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences3
FS 4773Family Resource Management3
FS 4803Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives3
FS 4933Professional Development in Family Sciences3

The B.S. in Family Studies has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.  The above courses must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.