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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:

  1. Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Family & Consumer Sciences
  3. Concentration >>> Child Studies
  4. Primary Location >>> Online

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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 (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
FACS 180 Foundations in FCS (Spring and Summer)
FACS 191 Child Development (Fall, Spring, Summer)
FACS 192 Working with Young Children & Families (Fall and Spring)
FACS 292 Diversity in Early Childhood Programs (Fall)
FACS 294 Assessment in Young Children (Spring and Fall)
FACS 299 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (Spring)
FACS 310 Management of Family Resources (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
FACS 311 Family Relations (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
FACS 380 Professional Presentation Techniques (Summer)
FACS 399

Implications of Research (Fall and Spring)

FACS 493 Family Life Education (Summer)
FACS 494 Parenting Strategies (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
FACS 499 Issues in Family & Child Studies (Fall and Spring)
FACS 393 Play & Child Development (Fall and Spring)


(Choose one of the following)

FACS 391 Risk and Resilience (Fall)
FACS 395 Child and Family stress (Fall, Spring, Summer)
FACS 410 Internship (Fall, Summer, Spring)
FACS 497 Family Home Visiting (Spring, Summer)

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

WKU Online

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

You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!

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 Last Modified 2/28/19