BS in Family Studies and Human Development

Units required for Major: 51
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The major prepares students for careers in various human service fields. The program emphasizes an asset-based approach to understanding lifespan human development, family systems, and family diversity in cultural context. The major is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for academic programs in Family Life Education. (Also see certificate program in Family Life Education.)

Career Possibilities

Child Life Specialist · Community-Based Social Service Provider · Community Educator · Consumer and Family Resource Specialist · Early Childhood Educator · Family Life Educator · Family Planning Provider · Family Support Services Provider · Government and Public Policy Specialist· Health Care and Family Wellness Provider· Marriage and Family Enrichment Provider · Parent Educator · Prenatal and Maternity Service Provider · Preschool and Adult Day Care Director · Resource and Referral Services Specialist· Sexuality Educator · Youth Advisor

Requirements for BS in Family Studies and Human Development:

•    120 units minimum with 40 upper division units
•    General Education requirements including 9 upper division General Education units

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (21 Units)
FSHD 50The Family and Social Issues 3
NUFD 10Nutrition And Wellness 13
SOC 8Sense and Nonsense in Social Issues and Research 23
or STAT 1 Introduction to Statistics
FACS 100Research: Methods and Application in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FACS 140Family Resource Management3
FACS 141Family Finance3
FACS 168Senior Seminar3
Required Lower Division Courses (3 Units)
FSHD 52The Child In The Family3
Required Upper Division Courses (24 Units)
FSHD 108Family Communication3
FSHD 150Family Stress and Coping: Multicultural Focus 3
FSHD 152Adolescent Development3
FSHD 154Issues in Parenting3
FSHD 155Family Life Education3
FSHD 159Adulthood and Aging in Human Development3
FSHD 162Family Support Services3
PUBH 134Understanding Human Sexuality3
Elective to be selected from the following OR other elective with advisor approval3
Infant and Toddler: Development and Care
Child Life and Family-Centered Care
Practicum in Family Life Education
Clothing, Society, and Culture
Nutrition Education, Communication, and Counseling
Cultural and Social Aspects of Food
Total Units51

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (6-9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking 2,30 - 3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (10-13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B51
B4 - Math Concepts 2,30 - 3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area Course C3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (3 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.0
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 20
Area F: Ethnic Studies
Area F Course
Total Units31-37

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (9 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE) 20
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36