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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance


Family & Child Sciences

The undergraduate program in Family and Child Sciences introduces students to applied developmental sciences. We emphasize human development and family life in different settings, such as neighborhoods and communities. Our dynamic curriculum prepares students for experiences in real settings. Such areas involve human service organizations, education, childcare settings, and government agencies.

Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences

(55 hours)

Family and Child Science Prerequisite Courses (15 hours)

Human Sciences Core (3 hours)
Select one course offered by the College of Human Sciences, must come from outside this major.

Required Major Courses (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 4805* (6) Practicum in Family & Child Science (must complete with final grade of B-minus or higher) 
FAD 4932* (1) Pre-Professional Development (must have 90 credit hours completed)

* FCS Capstone Experience, see section

Capstone Experiences

As part of the department’s professional development sequence, all students must complete both FAD 4932 (Pre-Professional Development) and FAD 4805 (Practicum in FCS).

FAD 4932

FAD 4932 must be completed prior to enrolling in FAD 4805. Students should enroll in FAD 4932 in the semester immediately before the semester in which FAD 4805 is to be completed.
Students who fail to earn a grade of C- or better in FAD 4932 can attempt to successfully complete this course ONLY one additional time.
Failure to complete FAD 4932 with the required minimum passing grade of C- on a 2nd attempt will result in the student not meeting the requirements for the degree in Family and Child Sciences.

FAD 4805

To enroll in FAD 4805, students must have senior standing AND 4 of the following 6 courses in the major with a grade of at least C-:

CHD 3472: Child Guidance
CHD 4537: Parenting
CHD 4615: Public Policy: Child & Family Issues
CHD 4630: Methods of Studying Families & Children
FAD 3432: Stress and Resilience in Individual Families

FAD 4265 – Family Diversity

Course Registration for FAD 4805 is handled within the Department of Family and Child Sciences (SAN 225). To register, students must bring a copy of your (1) current enrollment schedule, (2) unofficial transcripts, and (3) security badge (verification of passing background check).
Note: FAD 4805 requires 150 hours of service at a placement site. The registration form for FAD 4805 is located in Sandels 225.

Directed Individual Study (DIS) – Optional

Some students desire specialized experience in addition to the required and elective courses. Directed Individual Study or “DIS” (CHD / FAD 4905) provides such experience. Students must obtain a faculty supervisor within FCS and complete the necessary form. In collaboration with the faculty member, students work out a rationale, objectives, and method of evaluation. Once the form is completed and signed by both the faculty and student it needs to be approved by the Department Chair before the student can be enrolled in the DIS course.

Minor or Area of Concentration

(12 Hours)

Minor/concentration must be approved by a department advisor.

  • Child Development Minor – Students must complete the following courses:
Department Course Number Course Title
FAD 2230 Family Relationships
CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development
CHD 3243 Contexts of Adolescent Development
FAD 3343 Contexts of Adult Development and Aging

It is strongly recommended that students take CHD 2220 before taking CHD 3243 and FAD 3343.

Nine (9) of the twelve (12) credits (3 out of the 4 courses) must be completed at Florida State University in the Family and Child Sciences Department.

Child Development Minor Declaration

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