Undergraduate Overview


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies prepares students to work with children and their families in educational, institutional, and human service settings. Students are given the opportunity to choose one of two emphasis areas within this major – child development or family relations. In addition to the general education and college core, course work in Child and Family Studies emphasizes a family systems perspective and focuses on developmental observations.  The Department of Child and Family Studies is part of the College of Education and Psychology.

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A family sits around a tree.

Emphasis in Family   Relations    

Child listening

 Emphasis in Child Development


Family laying down  

Minor in Child and Family Studies