Family and Child Development Major & Minor

The family and child development major prepares students for careers serving families and children. The major also prepares students for graduate programs in the social sciences. Courses emphasize research-based knowledge about marriage, contemporary families and human development. Family and child development majors learn about families in society, internal family dynamics, human growth and development over the life span, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resources management, parent education and guidance, family law and family policy, ethics, and family life education methodology.

Learning Objectives

Students completing Southern Virginia’s family and child development major are expected to acquire the following:
  1. Basic knowledge of families in society. (Society) 
  2. Basic knowledge of internal family dynamics. (Dynamics) 
  3. Basic knowledge of child and adolescent development. (Development) 
  4. Basic knowledge of parent education and guidance. (Parenting) 
  5. Basic knowledge of family life education methodology. (Methodology) 
  6. Ability to locate, understand, interpret, evaluate, properly cite, and write about family and child development research. (Research) 
  7. Ability to create and deliver effective research-based outreach education products and presentations in family life education settings. (Education)

Program coordinator: Dr. Ariel Rodriguez

Major Requirements (39 credit hours)

Major Core (21 credit hours):

FCD 210 Marriage and Family (GE) (3)
FCD 220 Introduction to Social Work (3)
FCD/EDU 250 Child and Adolescent Development (GE) (3)
FCD 290 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
FCD 310 Family Process (3)
FCD/EDU 314 Parenting (3)
FCD 498 Family Life Education (3)

Major Electives: 18 credit hours from among the following:

BUS 226 Personal and Family Finance (3)
BUS 323 Organizational Communication (3)
FCD 175R Topics in Family Studies (Var.)
FCD 255 Adolescent Development (3)
FCD 275R Topics in Family Studies (Var)
FCD 337 Families and Sexuality (3)
FCD 342 Adult Development and Aging (3)
FCD 375R Topics in Family Studies (Var.)
FCD 385R Directed Study in Family Studies (1–3)
FCD 485R Research Practicum (1-3)
MAT 221 Statistics (GE) (3)
POL 365R Topics: Family Social Policy and Law (3)
PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Minor Requirements (18 credit hours)

Minor Core (9 credit hours):

FCD 210 Marriage and Family (GE) (3)
FCD/EDU 250 Child and Adolescent Development (GE) (3)
FCD 310 Family Process (3)

Minor Electives: 9 credit hours from among the following:

BUS 226 Personal and Family Finance (3)
FCD 220 Introduction to Social Work (3)
FCD 255 Adolescent Development (3)
FCD/EDU 314 Parenting (3)
FCD 337 Families and Sexuality (3)
FCD 342 Adult Development and Aging (3)
FCD 375R Topics in Family Studies (Var)
FCD 485R Research Practicum (1-3)
FCD 498 Family Life Education (3)
PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology (3)