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Bachelor of Science in Child Studies



Family & Consumer Sciences, Child Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences, Child Studies Concentration, is designed to develop understanding of children and their needs. Students gain knowledge of the intellectual, physical, social and emotional principles critical to working with children.

The program, which leads to the bachelor of science degree, includes courses on nutrition, family relations, developing age appropriate curriculum, child development and assessment,  and parenting. Students will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through practical experiences in a variety of settings through the required internship.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

Application and Fee

Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable

ACT or SAT scores if applicable

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, choose:

Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree

Planned Course of Study >>> Family & Consumer Sciences

Concentration >>> Child Studies

Primary Location >>> Online

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

This four year degree requires 120 hours of course credit in general education or Colonnade requirements, courses in the major (51 credit hours) and courses in the minor.

(Please note - of the 120 hours needed to graduate, 42 of those must be at the 300 level or above!)

Below is a list of courses required in the Child Studies concentration:

Core Requirements

HMD 211

Human Nutrition (Formerly FACS 211 Human Nutrition) (Offered each semester) 

FACS 180 Foundations in FCS (Online Spring)
FACS 191 Child Development (Face to face and online Fall and Spring; online Summer)
FACS 193 Curriculum Development for Young Children 
FACS 292 Diversity in Early Childhood Programs (Fall only, online)
FACS 294 Assessment in Young Children (Fall face to face, and Spring online)
FACS 299  Administration of Early Childhood Programs (Online Spring only)
FACS 310 Management of Family Resources (Fall and Spring) 
FACS 311  Family Relations (Fall and Spring)
FACS 312  Ethics for Family Life (Online Spring)
FACS 393 Play & Child Development (Online Fall)
FACS 399  Implications of Research in FCS (Online Fall only) 
FACS 493  Family Life Education 
FACS 494  Parenting Strategies (Face to face FALL: online Winter, Spring, Summer) 
FACS 496  Challenging Behaviors (Online Fall) 
FACS 499 Issues in Family & Child Studies (Online Spring)
Choose One: 
FACS 335: Infant/Toddler Development & Curriculum
FACS 336: Pre-K/Kindergarten Development & Curriculum
HMD 211  Human Nutrition (Formerly FACS 211 Human Nutrition) (Offered each semester) 
FACS 180 Foundations in FCS (Face to Face Fall; online Spring and Summer) 
FACS 191  Child Development (Face to face and online Fall and Spring; online Summer) 
FACS 192  Working with Young Children & Families (Offered each semester) 
FACS 292  Diversity in Early Childhood Programs (Fall only, online) 
FACS 294  Assessment in Young Children (Fall face to face, and Spring online) 
FACS 299  Administration of Early Childhood Programs (Spring only, online) 
FACS 310  Management of Family Resources (Fall and Spring) 
FACS 311 Family Relations (Fall and Spring) 
FACS 312 Ethics for Family Life (online Spring) 
FACS 380  Professional Presentation Techniques (Face to face Fall; online Summer) 
FACS 399 Implications of Research in FCS (Fall only) 
FACS 493  Family Life Education (Face to face Spring; online Summer) 
FACS 494 Parenting Strategies (Face to face FALL: online Winter, Spring, Summer)
FACS 499 Issues in Family & Child Studies (online Spring) 
Choose One:

FACS 393: Play & Child Development
FACS 496: Challenging Behaviors (Offered online, Fall)

Electives

(Choose one of the following)

FACS 391 Risk & Resilience
FACS 393 Play & Child Development (if not used above)
FACS 395 Child & Family stress (Offered online Spring and Summer, also through WKU On-Demand)
FACS 410 Internship
FACS 422 Adolescent Psychology (Offered online, Spring)
FACS 496 

Challenging Behaviors (if not used above) (Offered online, Fall)

FACS 497  Family Home Visiting (Offered online, Spring)

Colonnade (39 Hours) or General Education Certification

In addition to the program specific courses previously listed, students without an A.A. or A.S from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education). However, students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.

Please Note: A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Remaining hours may be earned through completing a Minor Program of Study, an Undergraduate Certificate, or additional electives or through a combination of these options.

Family & Consumer Sciences, Child Studies Concentration

Program Contact: Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence
Phone: (270) 745-4352
Email: darbi.haynes-lawrence@wku.edu
Visit: wku.edu/ahs/childstudies/index.php


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Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 8/29/19