Family and Child Studies Courses
FCS has a wide-range of courses that cover our three concentration areas (Applied Child Development, Child Life, and Family Science).
We currently offer over 30 courses in topics related to Children, Families, Development, and Relationships. Each concentration requires a unique blend of these courses to effectively prepare students for their future career or graduate school goals.
There are several courses that all Family and Child Studies students take, regardless of concentration:
- FCS 100: Marriage and Family Relations
- FCS 201: Introduction to Lifespan Development
- FCS 210: Family Interpersonal Relationships
- FCS 255: International Family Studies
- FCS 320: Family Theory
- FCS 395: Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
- HEC 257: Survey of Human Ecology
- HEC 357: Professional Issues in Human Ecology
- HEC 478: Practica/Internship/Cooperative Education in Human Ecology
Additionally, each concentration has flexibility with FCS, HEC, free, directed, and restricted elective openings.
For a complete list of Family and Child Studies courses, click here.
To learn more about the requirements for each concentration, go to our FCS Curriculum.
Family and Child Studies Careers
All three FCS concentrations prepare students:
· Directly for a professional Career
· For additional graduate studies
Two of our concentrations lay the groundwork for students to obtain nationally recognized post-undergraduate credentials:
· >Child Life Concentration- Certified Child Life Specialist>
· >Family Science- Certified Family Life Educator
FCS falls under two types of accreditations:
· The School of Human Ecology is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
· The Family Science concentration is an accredited Certified Family Life Educator program through the National Council on Family Relation
For a full list of careers related to FCS, click here.
Family and Child Studies Curriculum
Select a concentration and begin FCS coursework as soon as possible
Earn a “C” or better in all Family and Child Studies and Human Ecology courses
Complete two or more internship experiences beginning Junior year
Curriculum (click here for curriculum form)
The Family and Child Studies curriculum is divided into four course content areas:
1. General Education Requirements
All students receiving an undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University must complete 39 hours of general education courses as follows:
a. Fine Art – 3 credits
b. English Composition – 6 credits
c. Humanities – 9 credits
d. Mathematics – 6 credits
e. Natural Sciences – 9 credits
f. Social Sciences 6 credits
2. Human Ecology Core Classes
All students receiving an undergraduate degree in the School of Human Ecology must complete two classes (5 credit hours) that provide theoretical foundations and experiential learning to address the professional Body of Knowledge as outlined by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and achieved through the following courses:
a. HEC 257: Survey of Human Ecology
b. HEC 357: Professional Issues in Human Ecology
3. Family and Child Studies Classes
All students majoring in Family and Child Studies will complete a set of core classes as well as a set of classes comprising their selected concentration (Child Development Specialist, Child Life, or Family Science) as follows:
a. Family and Child Studies Core Classes
i. FCS 100: Marriage and Family Relations
ii. FCS 201: Introduction to Lifespan Development
iii. FCS 210: Family Interpersonal Relationships
iv. FCS 255: International Family Studies
v. FCS 320: Family Theory
vi. FCS 395: Research Methods in Family and Child Studies
vii. HEC 478: Practica/Internship/Cooperative Education in Human Ecology
b. Concentration Courses
All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Family and Child Studies must complete 39 hours in their chosen concentration:
i. Child Development Specialist
For information on the Child Development Specialist concentration and course requirements, click here.
ii. Child Life
For information on the Child Life concentration and course requirements, click here.
iii. Family Science
For information on the Family Science concentration and course requirements, click here.
All students majoring in Family and Child Studies will complete 13 credit hours of electives. Electives credits may be used to meet requirements for a student’s chosen minor, may be any coursework previously taken by a student but not required for the degree, or may be any coursework of interest to the student.
Louisiana Tech Student Council of Family Relations