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Child Development and Family Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Child Development and Family Studies

The field of Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines to provide a comprehensive academic and professional background for working with children and families. Our primary focus is on utilizing the preventive approach to assist individuals and families with daily living.

Option in Child Development and Family Studies (code FCS_BA01) (120 units)

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    • CAFF 321I Family & Consumer Resource Management (3)
    • CDFS 111 Preschool Child (3)
    • CDFS 211 Guiding Young Children (3)
    • CDFS 312I Family and Personal Development (3)
    • CDFS 411 Individual Child Study and Guidance (3)
    • CDFS 413 Child and Family in the Community (3)
    • FCSE 299 Intro to Family and Consumer Sciences (1)
    • FCSE 499 Professionalism and Leadership in FCS (2)
    • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition (3)
    • BIOL 205 Human Biology (4) or equivalent
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
  • Take one of the following pairs:
    • CDFS 214 Environments for Preschool Children (3)
    • CDFS 414 Field Work with Preschool Children (3)
      • or
    • CDFS 215 Environments for Infants and Toddlers (3)
    • CDFS 415 Field Work with Infants/Toddlers (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • CDFS 311 Prenatal Development and Infancy (3)
    • CDFS 314 The Older Child (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • CDFS 492A Internship in Child Development and Family Studies (3)
    • CDFS 414 (2nd semester) Fieldwork with Preschool Children (3)
    • CDFS 415 (2nd semester) Fieldwork with Infants/Toddlers (3)
    • FCSE 497 Directed Studies (3)
  • Take 9 units of advisor-approved electives.
  • Take, with advisor's approval, 15 units from the following:
    • CDFS 319I, 402, 409, 410, 412, 416A, 416B, 417, 418, 419, or CDFS courses not taken above.

Each course on the student's program planner must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. In addition, a course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in a course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with the approval of the Child Development and Family Studies Area Coordinator.