The bachelor of science family and child life major is an interdisciplinary study of interpersonal and family relationships and their impact on child development. Family and child life majors are actively engaged in community involvement and practical application of knowledge.
Family and child life majors in both specializations must complete a practicum experience that includes 360 total hours (12 academic credits) of field related service within the community. Students are encouraged to apply for the major early in their academic careers to allow for proper planning and placement in the family and child life practicum.
Students wishing to declare a major in family and child life must be incoming freshman or have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Family and child life majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to remain in the major, and must earn a “C” or higher in all courses used to satisfy the family and child life major.
The child life specialization applies child development theory to the practice of helping children and families through traumatic events, specifically related to hospitalization. The curriculum meets the recommendations of the Child Life Council and includes several courses taught by Certified Child Life Specialists. Graduates are well prepared for career opportunities that involve work with children, or to pursue a child life internship and child life graduate study required to become a certified child life specialist.