Course Requirements

The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Summer 2008. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.


Family and Child Studies Core Courses
Number Name Hours
FCST 200 Introduction to Family Studies 3
FCST 348 Family Development over the Life Course 3
FCST 304 Research in Methods for Studying Families and Children 3
FCST 315 Field Experiences in Family and Child Services 3
FCST 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children 3
FCST 418 Working with Diverse Families and Children 3
FCST 445 Poverty and Families 3
Family Services Required Courses
Number Name Hours
FCST 214 Child Development I 3
FCST 400 Senior Seminar 3
FCST 409 Internship 8
Family and Child Studies Electives
Select 9 credits of any available FCST courses.
Required Collaterals
Number Name Hours
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective Collaterals (select 9 credits)
Select 9 credits of ONEof the following areas of emphasis by advisement:
  • Child Advocacy (CHAD)
  • Health Studies (HLTH)
  • Justice Studies (JUST, PALG)
  • Political Science and Law (LSLW, POLS)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Sociology (SOCI)
  • Women's Studies (WMST)
PROGRAM TOTAL: 53 credits

Course Sequencing

There are course sequencing and prerequisites that students should discuss with their advisors in planning their programs. Suggested course sequences for students are provided here.‌

FCFS Recommended Four-Year Plan (Fall 2012)