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This program is designed to prepare students to help deserving families as they work toward a better life.

Children, Youth, and Family Services
It helps prepare students to accept responsible roles as highly qualified service providers in preschools, day care centers, hospitals, institutional and community programs for mentally handicapped, emotionally disturbed, abused or neglected children and adolescents; as well as in a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. Courses included in the program cover such topics as communication, introduction to human development, family studies interventions, social sciences and professional ethics.
(28-48 credits)

Course Requirements*

Foundation Courses (choose one from each group for 9 credits)

BI SC 004 Human Body: Form and Function (3 credits)
A general survey of structure and function--from conception, through growth and reproduction, to death.
BIOL 141
Introductory Physiology (3 credits)
Explanation of the normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems. Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.
NUTR 251
Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues.

ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits)
Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.
CAS 100A
Effective Speech (3 credits)
Principles of communication, implemented through presentation of speeches, with some attention to group discussion and message evaluation.

PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.
SOC 001 Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.
SOC 005 Social Problems (3 credits)
Current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems.


Professional Core Courses (15 credits)

HD FS 129 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
(3 credits)
Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development (3 credits)
Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 311 Human Development and Family Studies Interventions
(3 credits)
Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

HD FS 315Y Family Development (3 credits)
Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change.

HD FS 239 Adolescent Development (3 credits)
Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.


Professional Electives (choose two for 4 – 24 credits)

KINES 081 Wellness Theory (3 credits)
Focused on preparing and engaging students in the attitudes and behaviors that enhance quality of life and maximize personal potential.

HD FS 395 Internship (1-18 credits)
Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

HD FS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families
(1-6 credits)
Directed observations of, or supervised experience with children, youth, and families in group or home settings.