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Courses in Child Studies

Courses in Child Studies

Are these courses online?

The Child Studies concentration is completely online. Our Child Studies classes are offered online, however there might be a semester where a student is out of sequence, due to the online classes being full. Our online classes fill very quickly. Many of the Child Studies courses are offered in a face to face format.

The 'General Education' / Colonnade requirements for WKU *may not be* offered online. Some are, some are not. We are uncertain as to the availability of online Gen-Ed's/Colonnade courses. Many are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Be sure to check the schedule for the Winter Term and Summer Terms as well. This is a popular time for online Gen-Ed's and Colonnade courses.

A wonderful opportunity to take courses online is during the Winter and Summer terms. We also offer many classes through WKU On-Demand

How many credit hours make up the Child Studies degree?

Child Studies is a Bachelor of Science degree. 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:

Courses that make up the major (Remember, a minor is required):

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 and 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 and Child Studies (online Spring)

Choose one:

FACS 393 Play & Child Development  


FACS 496 Challenging Behaviors (Offered online, Fall)

Major elective -- Below are classes that could be selected as the major elective. This is not an exhaustive list.

  • FACS 391 Risk and Resilience
  • FACS 393 Play and Child Development (if not used above)
  • FACS 395 Child and 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)

Click here to see a Sample 4 year plan of the Child Studies major.

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 Last Modified 8/22/17