Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

FAMILY STUDIES

This broad major is intended to orient you to family and consumer sciences as a whole. You will learn how individuals develop and function in family, work, and community settings and how they relate to their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual environments. This includes such subjects as living patterns, health, lifestyle, and relationships. This program teaches the student to work in a profession, which is committed to the wellness of the family unit and its members within our society. A minor is required for this major.

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:

• Community center employee/director

• Child care

• Extension service

• Family life education

• Human services worker

 

Coursework:

  WKU COURSES                                                               KCTCS EQUIVALENT

 CFS 111 Human Nutrition 

 NFS 101 

 CFS 180 Foundations in FCS

 

 CFS 191 Child Development

 FAM 255/IECE 130

 CFS 310 Management of Family Resources 

 FAM 251

 CFS 311 Family Relations

 FAM 252

 CFS 380 Professional Presentation Techniques

 

 CFS 399 Implications of Research in FCS

 

 CFS 492 Growth And Guidance of Children

 FAM 256

 CFS 493 Family Life Education

 

 CFS 494 Parenting Strategies

 

 CFS 495 Interpersonal/Relationship Violence

 

 CFS 499 Critical Issues in Family & Child Studies

 

 SOC 300 Using Statistics in Sociology

 

 SOC 359 Sexuality & Society or PH 365 Human Sexuality

 

 PSY 423 Psych. of Adult Life & Aging or SOC 342 Aging In Society

 

 PSY 430 Psychology of Women or SOC 466 Gender, Family, & Society

 

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

WKU-O Academic Requirements:

  • 120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 44 semester hours of General Education

- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)

- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours with WKU to graduate with honors.
  • Students must apply for graduation upon the completion of 90 semester hours.
  • Students are to meet with an advisor each semester.

 

 

 Last Modified 5/28/14