Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies degree requires 120 credits total with 35 of those credits devoted to specialized courses in Family and Child Studies, 15 credits in Sociology and 18 credits leading to a minor in Psychology or other specialties relevant to working with families and children. Accelerated 8-week courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3-week and 6-week courses in the Summer. Courses vary from 15 to 35 students per class.

The program in Family and Child Studies is certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential. Students completing the required courses are eligible for the CFLE without having to take the national exam.

Upon completion of the BA, students may wish to pursue a Master's degree and become a licensed family practitioner in Child Protection and Supervision, Marriage and Family Therapy, School-based Counseling, and Social Work (MSW).

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
Graduates in Family and Child Services are typically hired as case workers, case managers, child-life specialists, extension officers, family advocates, group counselors, home visitors, parent educators, and program directors to work in community-based services for families -children, youth, the elderly and disabled. The hiring outlook for many State, Non-profit, Volunteer, Private and Faith-based agencies remains steady.

SAMPLE CLASSES
The Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies curriculum consists of 120 hours of course work earned by taking classes such as:

  • Adolescents in the Family
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Ethics in Family Services
  • Family Crises & Coping Skills
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Family Life Education Methods & Practice
  • Family Relations
  • Family Resource Management
  • Family Sexuality
  • Grant-Writing
  • Parenting
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of the Family

Course Credit will be considered through an approved Prior Learning Assessment package, for courses such as Parenting and Family Sexuality.

CALL SCHOOL:  McNeese State University
McNeese State University now offers online baccalaureate degrees in Family and Child Studies, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Management through the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL) Program. The CALL Program allows adult learners the opportunity to pursue their degree online without putting their lives on hold. CALL allows adult learners to take advantage of two 8-week sessions within a regular semester. This allows students to earn credits each session during the semester while only having to concentrate on one or two classes at the same time. The online courses allow students to access class information and assignments when and where they choose.

CONTACT INFO
Dr. Allison Gibbons
agibbonscneese.edu; 337-475-5689


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