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College: Human Sciences
Degree: B.S.
Limited Access: NO
Contact: Department of Family and Child Sciences
Address: College of Human Sciences, FSU
  Tallahassee, FL 32306-1491
Phone: (850) 644-3217

Description of Major
The Family and Child Sciences program introduces students to applied developmental sciences, emphasizing human development and family life in different settings, such as neighborhoods and communities. It provides students with an introduction to working in applied settings, including human service agencies and organizations, education, childcare settings, government agencies. The program requires a 12-hour minor or area of concentration in one of a variety of other academic areas which is individually planned and designed to enhance each student’s breadth and/or marketability. With early planning, double majoring or double minoring is a possibility and is encouraged.

Prerequisite Coursework: 12 hours
The following may also be used to meet general education and/or major requirements. These should be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
CHD X220 (3) Child Growth and Development
FAD X230 (3) Family Relationships
CHD X243 (3) Contexts of Adolescent Development
STA XXXX (3) Statistics. Students should select a 2000-level statistics course; STA 2122 is preferred
FAD X343 Contexts of Adult Development and Aging
* Available in the summer to accommodate transfer students.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for Progression to and Continuation in the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.0 on FSU coursework and at least half the required hours in Liberal Studies, including all English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in CHD 2220, CHD3243, FAD 2230, FAD 3433 and STA 2XXX. Students are only allowed two attempts in two of the five courses to achieve the required final grade of a B-. If a B- is not made in three or more of the courses in the first attempt or the B- is not made in the second attempt, then the student cannot continue in the major.

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Major Program of Studies: Family and Child Science: 55 hours.
Family and Child Science prerequisite courses (15 hours)
Each of the following must be completed with a grade of B- or better
CHD 2220 (3) Child Growth and Development
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
CHD 3243 (3) Contexts of Adolescent Development
FAD 3343 (3)Contexts of Adult Development and Aging
STA 2XXX (3) A 2000-level statistics course; STA 2122 preferred.
Human Sciences Core (3 hours)
Select one course from the following list:
COA 4131 (3) Family Financial Analysis
FAD 4455 (3) Family Life Education
HUN 1201 (3) The Science of Nutrition
Family and Child Sciences majors complete all of the following (25 hours)
CHD 3472 (3) Child Guidance
CHD 4537 (3) Parenting
CHD 4615 (3) Public Policy: Child and Family Issues
CHD 4630 (3) Methods of Studying Families and Children
FAD 3432 (3) Stress and Resilience in Individuals and Families
FAD 4265 (3) Family Diversity
FAD 4932 (1) Pre-Professional Development
Minor or area of concentration (12 hours)
Minor/concentration must be approved by the department advisor

Other Coursework: Students are urged to speak with a departmental advisor regarding appropriate electives. Internships are available and encouraged for senior students with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major.

Computer Skills Competency: 3 hours. CGS 2060 (3).

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
Prerequisites 12*
Major Coursework 55
Computer Skills 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total credits to 120
*Prerequisites may also be counted as part of Liberal Studies and/or the major.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information:

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: (Bachelor's Level): Educational/activities program director, Child Support Investigator, Child Protective Investigator, Family Support Worker, Juvenile Probation Officer, Corrections Officer, Advocate, Legislative Analyst, Residential Care Counselor, Parent Educator, Social and Community Services Manager, Teacher.

Representative Employers: Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Broadview Assisted Living at Tallahassee; Head Start Development Center; Department of Children and Families; Department of Health-Child and Adolescent Health, Family and Community Health; Area Agency on Aging, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Ronald MacDonald House; Department of Juvenile Justice; Leon Advocacy and Resource Center; Advocacy Center for persons with Disabilities; Guardian ad litem; Florida Legislature; Speaker of the House; Department of Elder Affairs ; Boys Town; Elder Care Services Inc.; Department of Health-Family and Community Health; Lutheran Social Services; Mothers in Crisis; Big Bend Homeless Coalition; Capital Area Community Action Agency ; Florida Network of Youth and Family Services; Preschool and elementary education.

Updated: Summer 2015