BS in Family and Consumer Sciences (Family Studies)

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

Program Description

The concentration prepares students for careers in various human service fields. The program emphasizes an understanding of human development, family communication, and diverse families. The program 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.)

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of "C-" is required for all prerequisite courses within and outside the Department.

Note: Students should consult a Department advisor before choosing a concentration.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (21 Units)
FACS 10 13
FACS 50The Family and Social Issues 23
FACS 100Research: Methods and Application in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FACS 140Family Resource Management3
FACS 141Family Finance3
FACS 168Senior Seminar3
SOC 8Sense and Nonsense in Social Issues and Research 23
or STAT 1 Introduction to Statistics
Required Lower Division Courses (3 Units)
FACS 52The Child In The Family 23
Required Upper Division Courses (27 Units)
FACS/COMS 108Family Communication3
FACS 150Family Stress and Coping: Multicultural Focus 23
FACS 152Adolescent Development3
FACS/CHDV 154Issues in Parenting3
FACS 155Family Life Education3
FACS 159Adulthood and Aging in Human Development3
FACS 162Family Support Services3
HLSC 134Understanding Human Sexuality3
or NURS 160 Human Sexuality
or PSYC 134 Psychology of Human Sexuality
Elective to be selected from a pre-approved list OR other elective with advisor approval3
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 B5)1
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 C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 20
Total Units37-43

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