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Bachelor of Science in
Child Development & Family Studies

Family and Youth Curriculum Pathway

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The Family and Youth Studies Curriculum Pathway is best suited for students who are interested in working with older children, adolescents, and/or families in youth development or family development programs in community agencies or services. Students interested in becoming a Child Life Specialist should select this option. Additionally, this emphasis is appropriate for students who will pursue graduate studies in human development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, education, developmental psychology, social work, and related fields. Students in the Family and Youth Studies emphasis complete coursework related to family issues, family interaction, human growth and development, human sexuality, youth concerns, and related topics. All students are required to complete two internships at community family and/or youth-focused agencies, at the Child Life Program at Ruby Children’s Hospital or through WVU Extension Services. Students in this option may wish to consider completing a certificate in Women and Gender Studies, Disability Studies, or Gerontology or to pursue a minor in Entrepreneurship, Communication Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, or related areas.

For more detailed information, including course schedules and descriptions, please view the student handbook.
CDFS Undergraduate Student Handbook 

Note:  CDFS online courses are permitted for Family and Youth Studies majors in CDFS with the exception of CDFS 212, 250, 412, 413, 414, 415, and 491A which are to be taken as on campus classes.  To register for online CDFS classes, please complete the  Online Class Registration Form .