Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies w/ Concentration in Child Development and Family Relations
Do you enjoy helping people? Do you want to work with young children and their families? Do you have an interest in agencies serving children and youth? If so, then a major in Child and Family Studies is for you!
A degree in Child and Family Studies prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields, but all are aimed at improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Child and Family Studies has been called the ideal “helping” profession, because those in the field are ultimately concerned with meeting the needs of children and families in a variety of contexts.
In addition to taking courses focused on infant and child development, family systems theory, and human ecology, the curriculum in Child and Family Studies also includes coursework in nutrition, parenting, educational psychology, and early childhood education.
Child and Family Studies students must also complete an approved minor. While there are a number of minor options available through NSU, most students choose to minor in Social Science, as this is typically the fastest path to graduation. A large majority of the Social Science coursework can be taken online.
In their sophomore year, Child and Family Studies students take CFS 2500, Field Experience in Child Development and Family Relations. This course requires 90 hours of observation in a licensed child-care center or elementary school with children ages 3-8. In their senior year, students take CFS 4500, Internship in Child and Family Studies, which requires 180 hours of on-the-job training in a school or with an agency or organization related to children and families. These opportunities provide students with a range of hands-on experiences prior to graduation.
We are committed to mentoring and collaborating with prospective students from the onset of their academic career. If you feel a major in Child and Family Studies is something you are interested in, you may contact us at any time to discuss the plan of study, our courses, or career options available to you following graduation. If you are a transfer student, feel free to send a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) for review. For more information, please contact:
Contact: Dr. Rania Salman, CFS Program Coordinator
Website: Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling
The baccalaureate degree in Child and Family Studies is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).