Child Development & Family Relations
       Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services - Family Studies
The family and community services (FCS) major prepares students to work with individuals and families across the life span. Family and community services professionals provide assistance and educational opportunities to families, both directly and indirectly, in a wide variety of child and family settings. Within FCS, students have the opportunity to choose one of two tracks: family studies or early intervention/child development, which allow students to personalize the curriculum to better meet their career goals. The core curriculum is the same for students in each track. Students who are interested in family life education or working directly with families should choose the family studies option. After completing their degree in the family studies track, students have met the academic qualifications to apply for certification as a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.
**Please note that this is a recommended sequence. Check catalog for prerequisites. Course availability may vary from semester to semester.
 
  • Freshman Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior Year
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
ENGL 1100
3
ENGL 1200
3
 
Math (Foundation)
3
Science with Lab
3, 1
 
CDFR 1103
3
HLTH 1000
2
 
Social Science
3
CDFR 2000
3
 
PSYC 1000
3
Social Science
3
 
EXSS 1000
1
 
 
Total
15
Total
16
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 2001
3
CDFR 3002
3
 
CDFR 2280
3
CDFR 3215
3
 
CDFR 2400
3
COMM 2020 or 2410 or 2420
3
 
Science
4
Social Sciences
3
 
Humanities/Fine Arts
3
Minor or Structured Elective
3
 
 
Total
16
Total
15
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 4006
3
CDFR 3290
3
 
CDFR 4390
3
CDFR 4000
3
 
Minor or Structured Elective
3
CDFR 4007
3
 
Humanities or Fine Arts
3,1
CDFR Elective
2
 
CDFR Elective
3
Minor or Structured Elective
3,3
 
 
Total
16
Total
17
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 4303
3
CDFR 4001
9
 
CDFR 4313
3
Minor or Structured Elective
3,3
 
CDFR 4366
3
 
CDFR 4410
1
 
Minor or Structured Elective
3,3
 
Total
16
Total
15
 

 
Admission Requirements:
Students can declare this major their freshman year.
 
Click here to apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admissions into your desired program of study.
 
Other Requirements:
  • A FCS major must achieve and maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in program.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C or better in all CDFR courses required for the major.
  • A 310 hour internship within a community or early childhood setting is completed during the last semester of your program.
 
 
Standards, Accreditations and Certifications
 
Please feel free to contact us at:
CDFR@ecu.edu or 252-328-6908.
 
     
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