College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies
Dr. Deborah Krichbaum, Chair
Hall Memorial Building, Room S-131
A major in Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Child Development prepares students to work with young children and their families. Graduates are qualified to work in various programs, agencies, and organizations, including child development centers, private preschools, after-school programs, and community services. In addition, the minor in Family Studies offers students the opportunity to expand their professional preparation or to satisfy a personal interest.
There are many career paths and job possibilities for students with a Child Development specialization, depending on whether they choose to move directly into a work setting or attend graduate school. Required courses provide the foundation for understanding how children develop, learn, and behave and develop the competence needed to effectively guide children and work with their families. Field experiences permit students to apply this knowledge base and develop their professional skills.
Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above to declare a major in Family and Child Studies.