Family Science is the interdisciplinary study of families and close interpersonal relationships. We focus on understanding the dynamics of families in a changing society, as well as the impact that family interaction has on individual development and well-being. Family Science emphasizes a systems perspective in helping families build healthy relationships and preventing problems before they occur. Graduates are prepared to work in community social service agencies, to provide family life education, or to pursue graduate school in family science, social work, marriage, and family therapy, or other related fields.
Majors with a Family Science Specialization will:
Students enrolled in the program are required to complete a multi-term practicum or internship in an agency suited to their particular professional goals and interests. They may work in a family service agency, a mental health clinic, a program for youth and their families, or any of a variety of programs throughout Washington that serve the needs of couples and families.
Family Science students learn to apply the scientific process to understand current scientific knowledge. Each student will complete a research project which can be presented at the University, Regional, or National level.
Students who complete a specialization in Family Science at CWU qualify to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). CWU has the only CFLE approved Family Science program in Washington State.
|CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE CORE|
|CDFS 101||Skills for Marriage and Intimate Relationships||4|
|CDFS 232||Child Development||3|
|CDFS 234||Contemporary Families||4|
|CDFS 235||Relationships and Personal Development||3|
|CDFS 236||Parent Education and Guidance||4|
|CDFS 344||Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy||4|
|CDFS 405*||Professional Obligations and Responsibilities||4|
|CDFS 419*||Research in Child Development and Family Science||5|
|CDFS 434||Diversity and Families||4|
|CDFS 492*||Child Development and Family Science Practicum||12|
|CDFS 495*||Undergraduate Research||1|
|FAMILY SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION|
|CDFS 237||Human Sexuality||4|
|CDFS 339||Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood||4|
|CDFS 403||Family Communication||4|
|CDFS 433*||Family Life Education||4|
|CDFS 435||Adult Development, Aging, and Family Life||4|
|CDFS 439||Families and Public Policy||4|
|FCS 371||Real World Finance||3|
|Approved Specialization Electives||13|
*For Child Development and Family Science Majors Only
Family Science Elective Courses:
Admission and Graduation Requirements
Students wishing to declare a major in Family Science must be incoming first-year or transfer students or have a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.8. Child Development and Family Science majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to remain in the major and must earn a “C” or higher in all courses used to satisfy the major.
For information about the Family Science Major or Minor, please contact Dr. Amy Claridge.
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