Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

CHILD STUDIES

This program 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 Arts degree, includes courses on nutrition, family relations, developing age appropriate curriculum, child development and assessment, psychology and parenting. A minor is required for this degree. Students will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge through practical experiences in a variety of settings through the required internship. Graduates of this program will work with children through adolescence.

Characteristics associated with success in this major include an interest in the social, health, and economic relationship between the family and society. You should:

• have good communication and organization skills

• be interested in family studies

• be creative

• have good leadership and decision-making skills

Work Tasks and Settings

• Work to improve the quality of family life

• Give advice on what foods to eat, how to run a home, etc.

• Work in classrooms, community centers, homes, offices, colleges, and universities

• Work with problems like poor housing, food shortages, energy use, population growth, and environmental problems

• Work for news organizations, the government, schools, and human service organizations

Abilities needed:

• work well with others

• want to teach or help people

• be a good leader

• communicate well

• organize things well

Careers:

• Head Start

• Child advocacy

• Juvenile services

• Child abuse/prevention programs

• Youth counselor

• Child welfare worker

• Home visiting programs

• Extension agencies

• First Steps

• Kinder care

• After school programs

• Family Resource Centers

 

Coursework:

 WKU COURSES:                                                                    KCTCS EQUIVALENT

 FACS 111 Human Nutrition                                  

      NFS 101

 FACS 180 Foundations in FCS

 

 FACS 191 Child Development

      FAM 255/IECE 130

 FACS 192 Working w/ Young Children & Family

      IECE 102

 FACS 292 Diversity in Early Childhood Programs

 

 FACS 294 Assessment of Young Children

      IECE 170

 FACS 299 Admin. of Early Childhood Programs

      IECE 240

 FACS 310 Management of Family Resources

      FAM 251

 FACS 311 Family Relations

      FAM 252

 FACS 380 Professional Presentation Techniques

 

 FACS 399 Implications of Research In FCS

 

 FACS 410 Internship

 

 FACS 492 Growth & Guidance of Children

      FAM 256

 FACS 493 Family Life Education

 

 FACS 494 Parenting Strategies

 

 FACS 499 Critical Issues: Family & Child Studies

 

 SOC 300 Using Statistics in Sociology

 

 

*A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all FACS courses.

*A minor is required for this degree.

 

 

Sequencing:

Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

 Last Modified 5/28/14