Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Website: https://twu.edu/human-development-family-studies-counseling/undergraduate-programs/family-studies/

The Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies is a broad human services degree that may lead to employment working with families in social service agencies ranging from child to geriatric services, as well as church and family planning agencies. It is also an appropriate major for those interested in graduate degrees leading to careers in family therapy, family life education, occupational 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. Courses noted with an asterisk (*) must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Deliver family services to individuals, families, and communities​.
  2. Written communication skills​.
  3. Interpersonal skills​.
  4. Leadership skills​.

Admissions

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 64 SCH 

Program Code: FAMSTUDIES.BS   CIP Code: 19.0701.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

HDFS 1001Seminar in Family Sciences1
HDFS 1513Human Development (*)3
HDFS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
HDFS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective (*)3
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development3
HDFS 3513Childhood and Adolescence3
or HDFS 2503 Development of Infants and Toddlers
HDFS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences3
HDFS 3613Crisis in the American Family (*)3
HDFS 3633Older Persons and the Family3
HDFS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education (*)3
HDFS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
HDFS 4523Family Development (*)3
HDFS 4533Communication and the Family (*)3
HDFS 4543Developmental Sexuality (*)3
HDFS 4583Parenting Issues and Education (*)3
HDFS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences (*)3
HDFS 4713Family Economics3
or HDFS 3713 Family Housing
HDFS 4733Family Financial Planning3
HDFS 4773Family Resource Management (*)3
HDFS 4803Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives (*)3
HDFS 4923Professional Development in Family Sciences (Grade of "B" or better required)3
HDFS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences (*) Grade of "B" or better required)3
Total SCHs64

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. Courses noted with an asterisk (*) must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Departmental Requirements

NFS 2343Nutritional Management for the Family and Child3
Elective11
Total SCHs14

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HDFS 1513Human Development 3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy MATH 13323
Elective 2
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 1001 (Must take during 1st or 2nd semester)Seminar in Family Sciences 1
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Creative Arts Core3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Core3
Wellness Core2
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 1603Child in the Family and Community TECA 13033
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
Life & Physical Sciences Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies Core3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective 3
HDFS 2513Early Childhood Development TECA 13543
HDFS 3513
or 2503
Childhood and Adolescence
or Development of Infants and Toddlers
3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life & Physical Sciences Core3
 SCHs 15
SummerTCCN
NFS 2343 (only offered in the summer)Nutritional Management for the Family and Child 3
 SCHs 3
Third Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 3613Crisis in the American Family 3
HDFS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education 3
HDFS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences 3
HDFS 4523Family Development 3
Electives3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 3533Research Methods in Family Sciences 3
HDFS 3633Older Persons and the Family 3
HDFS 4533Communication and the Family 3
HDFS 4543Developmental Sexuality 3
Electives3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
HDFS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences 3
HDFS 4713Family Economics 3
HDFS 4773Family Resource Management 3
HDFS 4923Professional Development in Family Sciences 3
Electives3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
HDFS 4583Parenting Issues and Education 3
HDFS 4733Family Financial Planning 3
HDFS 4803Public Policy: Family Sciences Perspectives 3
HDFS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences 3
 SCHs 12
 Total SCHs:  120

** Please note that this plan of study only includes one summer course. Students can reduce the number of courses taken in Fall and Spring if they opt to take additional courses in the summer.