Students seeking a degree in Child and Family Studies will choose one of two emphasis areas, Child Development or Family Relations. Both emphasis areas earn a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, so students will take many of the same CD and FAM courses before taking classes specific to their chosen emphasis.
The main difference between the two emphases is the students intended career goal. Students choosing to emphasize in Child Development take literacy courses and more experiential lab courses than their FAM peers and complete a 9 credit hour practicum their final semester. Students choosing to emphasize in Family Relations take more Psychology or Public Health courses than their CD peers and complete a 3 credit hour practicum their final semester.
CFS students will take courses in social and professional development, interpersonal communication, child development, marital and family relationships, families and adolescents, behavior and guidance, personal and family financial management, sexuality in the family, infant development, parenthood, the family in later life, and developmental disabilities.
Those emphasizing in CD will take courses in administration of child and family programs, child development methods and materials, curriculum activities for young children, and literacy. Those emphasizing in FAM will take courses in case management, abnormal psychology, drug use, and their choice of 9 hours of directed electives.
There are two Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees available with this major.
Graduates with a degree in child and family studies with an emphasis in child development are employed as licensed pre-school and kindergarten teachers, program evaluators, and technical assistant specialists.
Those with an emphasis in family relations are employed in human service agencies, mental health agencies, cooperative extension agencies, and faith based and non-profit organizations. Jobs in these areas are growing as fast as or faster than the average for all occupations.
Designed to present theory, research, and evidence-based practice concerning the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children
Evaluation and selection of methods and curriculum materials used to promote the optimal development of young children in all developmental domains. Includes an experiential lab component at the Center for Child Development, to implement methods and curriculum materials used to promote the optimal development of young children.
A study of human development through awareness and understanding of peer and family relationships
A study of relationship changes over the family life cycle with an emphasis on the systemic nature of interactions
Favorite Course: FAM 351: Marital and Family Relationships
Expertise: Service learning, community involvement, mental health and the family, and systemic family practices
Instructor, Advisement Center Coordinator
Favorite Course: FAM 401: Family Life Education
Expertise: Student success at the collegiate level, with a focus on first generation college students, minority students, the impact of goal setting, and motivation
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director
Favorite Course: CD 350: Child Development
Expertise: Student supports and engagement, Common Core and pre-k/k DAP implications, social media and perception of self, parent-child relations, embedding social studies through DAP
Favorite Course: FAM 450: Administration of Child and Family Programs
Expertise: Family communication, marital satisfaction, sexual health
Favorite Course: CD 351: Advanced Child Development
Expertise: Infant development, breastfeeding, parent education, child development, child care
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All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
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