About: Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies

Family Relations Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Child and Family Studies is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Family Relations Emphasis is approved by The National Council on Family Relations as meeting the standards and criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).


Family Relations Emphasis Overview

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies with an Emphasis in Family Relations prepares students for exciting and challenging careers in educational, institutional, and human service organizations.


As human service professionals, our graduates provide effective prevention and intervention services to diverse peoples. Graduates of the Family Relations Program may choose careers that provide them opportunities to assist at-risk teens, administer substance abuse outreach and prevention services, provide child protective services, serve as mental health case managers and effectively evaluate community needs.


General Information

In addition to the general education and college core, coursework in child and family studies emphasizes understanding the importance of families as systems of interconnected individuals and the relationship between family dynamics, resiliency, community, wellness and quality of life.


Laboratory, field experiences, and experiential learning are central to students’ preparation, with the goal of providing the best academic foundation within a real-life context.


The Family Relations emphasis enables students to integrate formal academic learning with personal and professional experiences so that learning is focused, authentic and meaningful.


Practicum Placements

  • Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources
  • Petal School District Center for Parents and Children
  • Boys & Girls Clube
  • Memorial Behavioral Health
  • YMCA
  • DREAM, Inc.
  • Jackson County Youth Court
  • Domestic Abuse Family Services
  • Pine Belt Association for Families
  • And many more


Career Opportunities

  • Family social services
    • Child Protective services
    • Adoption agencies
    • Foster parent programs
    • Domestic violence intervention
    • At-risk children and youth programs
  • Mental health facilities
    • Substance abuse outreach and prevention
    • Case management services
  • Health care and family wellness programs
  • Non- profit agencies
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Government and public policy programs
  • Educational institutions
  • Community program education, assessment, and evaluation
  • Military family support services


Advanced Degrees

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family Studies & Child Development
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Other Social Science Related Fields


Admission Requirements

Admission is open to all students who meet the general requirements for admission to the university. Students already attending the university must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to transfer into Child and Family Studies. Consult the undergraduate bulletin or visit our website for specific information on entrance requirements and application procedures.



CFS Faculty are committed to:

  • Student mentoring & advising
  • Excellence in teaching
  • Meaningful research
  • Community outreach & engagement
  • Improving the quality of life for children, families, and communities
  • Serving in professional organizations

Our faculty includes Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Family Life Educators, and experts in child development.


Financial Assistance

Opportunities for financial assistance are available through university and department scholarships and through the Financial Aid Office.


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