Feb 23, 2024
Students in the family science specialization will study families and close interpersonal relationships to understand the dynamics of families in a changing society and the role of family interaction in individual development and well-being. Family science emphasizes a systems perspective in helping families build healthy relationships and preventing problems before they occur. Graduates are prepared to work in community social service agencies, to provide family life education, or to pursue graduate school in family science, social work, marriage, and family therapy, or other related fields. All family science specialization graduates are eligible to become certified family life educators by the National Council on Family Relations.
Students wishing to declare a major in child development and family science with a specialization in family science must be incoming first-year or transfer student or have a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.8. Students who meet the gpa requirement will be admitted upon recommendation of the child development and family science program coordinator.
Child development and family science majors with a family science specialization 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 child development and family science major.
Child Development and Family Science Core
The bachelor of science child development and family science major is an interdisciplinary study of interpersonal and family relationships and their impact on child development. The child development and family science major provides students an engaging, applied, and transformative learning experience, preparing them for professions helping children and families in community, government, and medical fields. Students apply their classroom learning through hands-on experiences in the community, and gain new knowledge by participating in closely mentored research projects. As a result, students learn highly marketable skills to be competitive and successful in their chosen fields, and through strong professional preparation, can transform their passions for working with people into a career.
Child development and family science majors choose to specialize in child development, child life, or family science. Students in all 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 child development and family science practicum.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- demonstrate strong critical thinking skills for the purpose of consuming research in child development and family science;
- demonstrate excellent relationship and interpersonal skills and effectively collaborate in work with peers and faculty;
- demonstrate strong written communication skills for the purpose of synthesizing research-based information specific to child development and family science;
- articulate concepts in child development and family science using effective oral communication and presentation skills;
- demonstrate insight into their own biases and privilege and will demonstrate respect for diverse ways of being and thinking;
- apply knowledge of the scientific process to critique existing research and conduct research projects in child development and family science; and
- summarize family systems and developmental theories and apply theories in practice with children and families.
Total Core Requirement Credits: 50
Family Science Specialization
Required Courses Credits: 27
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 13-16
Total Specialization Credits: 40-43