Child and Family Development B.S.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum  for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
CHFD   1131Introduction to Family Science3
CHFD   2130Family Economic Environment3
CHFD   2135Child Development3
CHFD   2136Intro to Family Services3
CISM   1110
CISM   1120
Computer Applications
and Computer Concepts
3
or COMM   1110 Public Speaking
PSYC   1101Introduction to Psychology3
or SOCI   1101 Introduction to Sociology
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
Orientation
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Child and Family Development Core27-30
Birth to 5 Methods
Diversity in Human Development
Youth Development
Adult Development and Later Life
Parent Education and Guidance
Professional Development
Internship in Child and Family Development
Areas of Emphasis
Select one of the following areas:21
Child Development Emphasis:
Young Children with Special Needs
Introduction to Child Life
Legal and Public Policies Affecting Families
Administration of Programs for Children and Families
Teaching in Preschool
Assessment of Children
Select 6 credit hours from the following Guided Electives:
Lifespan Development
Research Methods
Sexuality in Human Development
Family Life Education
Introduction to Recreational Therapy
Intervention Techniques in Recreational Therapy
Child Welfare and Family Services
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Child Life Emphasis:
Introduction to Child Life
Death and Bereavement across the Lifespan
Assessment of Children
Child Life Practice in Healthcare
Scientific and Medical Terminology
Select 6 credit hours from the following Guided Electives:
Lifespan Development
Research Methods
Young Children with Special Needs
Teaching in Preschool
Introduction to Recreational Therapy
Intervention Techniques in Recreational Therapy
Family Services Emphasis:
Sexuality in Human Development
Programming and Evaluation for Family Services
Family Life Education
Legal and Public Policies Affecting Families
Child Welfare and Family Services
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Select 6 credit hours from the following Guided Electives:
Lifespan Development
Research Methods
Young Children with Special Needs
Death and Bereavement across the Lifespan
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology of the Family
Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course
Select one Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course3
Elective3-9
Select 3 - 9 credit hours of Electives
Total Credit Hours126

Program Admission Criteria

  • Admission to Georgia Southern University
  • A total institution GPA of 2.0 or better on all course work attempted (transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered)
  • Completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • A minimum grade of “C” in all Area F course work attempted
  • Completion of criminal background check and finger printing procedure.

Program Progression Requirements

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F, the Child and Family Development Core, the selected emphasis area, and guided major electives.
  • Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in a prerequisite course prior to registering for an advanced course.
  • Students must have a 2.5 total institution GPA the semester prior to applying for the Internship in Child and Family Development (CHFD   4790). Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirements will complete nine to twelve (9-12) credit hours of approved course work as substitute for the internship.

Advisement

Contact the College of Health and Human Sciences Student Services Center, Room 0101, Hollis Building, (912) 478-1931, for information regarding admission and advisement.