Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

B.S. Human Environmental Studies: Family Studies

The discipline of Family Studies examines the interactions and social forces that contribute to healthy functioning families and romantic relationships. In this program, you will study how individuals develop across the lifespan from infancy to older adulthood and the challenges they face along the way. You will also look at how larger societal factors such as economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and ethnicity all influence families and romantic relationships. Topics such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, gender equality, gay rights, and disabilities are also explored within the context of development and families.

Core Courses

  • CF 102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF 120 The Child (3)
  • CF 206 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
  • CF 207 Gerontology Practicum (3)
  • CF 209 Introduction to Family Processes and Systems (3)
  • CF 220 Young and Middle Adulthood (3)
  • CF 340 Family Law, Policy, and Advocacy (3)
  • CF 360 Family Life Education (3)
  • CF 385 Stress, Violence, Trauma, and Families (3)
  • CF 402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF 405 Special Populations Practicum (3)
  • CF 430 Parent-Child Interactions (3)
  • CF 485 Family Studies Senior Seminar (3)
  • CF 512 Family and Community Resources (3)
  • CF 520 Family Assessment (3)
  • CF 565 Family Services Internship (6)

Additional Requirements

  • FE 200 Family Resource Management (3)
  • UI 303 The Family Experience (3)
  • OR
  • UI 455 Understanding Men/Male Development (3)
  • UI 445 Social Perspectives of Human Sexuality (3)

Recommended Minors

  • Child Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

General Education Requirements

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • U.S. History requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Sample Four Year Program

Fall (15 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CF 102 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • CF 120 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • CF 209 (3)
  • CF 385 (3)
  • FE 200 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • CF 206 (3)
  • CF 220 (3)
  • UI 303 OR UI 455 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • CF 360 (3)
  • CF 402 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • CF 207 (3)
  • CF 340 (3)
  • CF 430 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • CF 405 (3)
  • CF 512 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • CF 520 (3)
  • CF 565 (6)
  • CF 485 (3)
  • UI 445 (3)

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

Contact

573.651.2109
vwilburn@semo.edu
Scully Building 114
Child and Family Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701