Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies (CFS)
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 parenting, the curriculum in Child and Family Studies also includes coursework in consumer behavior, education, nutrition, psychology, and social work.
The Child and Family Studies program currently offers three concentrations. Students on the Child Development and Family Relations concentration must complete CFS 2500, Field Service for Child Development and Family Relations, in their sophomore year. This course requires 90 hours of observation in a licensed child-care center or elementary school with children ages 3-8. All CFS students, regardless of concentration, must complete CFS 4500, Internship in Child and Family Studies, in their senior year. This course requires 180 hours of on-the-job training in a center or 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.
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 and a large majority of the Social Science coursework can be completed online.
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 our plans 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. Karen Walker, Child and Family Studies Program Coordinator
Office: Teacher Education Center D Pod 103N