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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Minor in Child Development and Family Studies

The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) minor offers the opportunity to take a concentration of courses focusing on children and families. By providing students with an aggreate of CDFS courses students will be better prepared to assume the duties within a variety of careers relating to children and families in an array of settings.


Students seeking a minor in CDFS must meet all prerequisite course requirements. In addition, students must maintain a "C" or better in all courses required for the minor.

The minor requires 21 total units.

You must take these 3 courses (9 units)

CDFS 111 Preschool Child
CDFS 312I Family and Personal Development
CDFS 319I Family Stress and Coping

Choose 4 classes (12 units)

CDFS 211 Guiding Young Children
CDFS 214 Environments for Preschool Children
CDFS 311 Prenatal Development and Infancy
CDFS 314 The Older Child
CDFS 409 Language, Learning and the Developing Child
CDFS 410 International Families
CDFS 411 Individual Child Study and Guidance
CDFS 412 Family Interaction
CDFS 413 Child and Family in the Community
CDFS 414 Field Work with Preschool Children
CDFS 415 Feildwork with Infants/Toddlers
CDFS 418 Parent Education



This minor is not available to Child Development and Family Studies Majors.

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Child Development and Family Studies as your minor:


Advisors go by your last name:
Letter of Your Last Name Advisor
CDFS Majors Tuveson, R.
FLE majors

Medora, N.

Roy, R.