Family Development Option

Building foundations for families

Our family development degree option will prepare you to help families and/or individual family members in a variety of settings. With a broad-based education related to working with families at all stages of the family life cycle, you are prepared for employment in social service, private and industrial organizations. Coursework also provides a great foundation if you are interested in therapy, law and public policy, education, the ministry, social work or other graduate programs.

Four-year degree plan sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as changed major, college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives, and placement in English and mathematics. See undergraduate catalog for complete listing of courses. This degree program can be completed in eight semesters.

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The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

ENG 110 Writing I 3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
Culture and Society/Humanities 3
CIS/CSC 101 - Computers for Learning 2
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development 1
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
CFS 120 or KIN 253/257 - Family Health 2
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
Self-Understanding/Creativity & Vision 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
BMS 130 Essentials of Nutrition 3
HST 121 or 122 - Survey of U.S. History 3
Natural World elective 4
CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
Psychology elective 3
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CFD 360 Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers 5
CFD 560 Family Engagement 3
CFD 361 Principles of Family Development 3
CFD 301 or 350 or 352 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

PSY 441 Psychology of Adolescence 3
CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development 3
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3
General Elective 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CFD 466 Internship in Programs for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families 6
Upper Division CFD Electives 3
Upper Division CFD Electives 3
General Elective 3
Total hours15