A rapidly changing society has presented new and difficult challenges to family life. The Family and Child Life Major prepares individuals with the knowledge, skills, and perspective they will need to work effectively with families and children to meet these challenges.
Major in Family and Child Life
The Family and Child Life Major emphasizes skills in interpersonal communication, oral presentation, leadership, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Students choose to specialize in either Family Science or Child Life.
Students wishing to declare a major in Family and Child Life must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Family and Child Life majors may not take 300- or 400-level FCL courses until they have completed the following requirements: a 2.7 cumulative GPA, completed a minimum of three credit hours of FCL courses with a grade of B or higher.
Minor in Family Science or Child Development
Many professions involve direct or indirect contact with children and families. For instance, counselors, psychologists, social service workers, teachers, nutritionists, public health officials, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and others may interact with children or with parents in their practice. Students pursuing careers where they will have contact with children and families should have some basic understanding of child development and family processes and should consider a minor in Family Science or Child Development.
The graduate program in Family and Child Life aims to prepare students to work in leadership and administrative positions in family and social service agencies or in pediatric medical settings as Child Life Specialists. Students in the Family and Child Life Master's program have multiple opportunities for service learning through collaborative research projects, program design, and a supervised internship. Learn more about the Family and Child Life graduate program here!