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Program Overview

The mission of the Family Studies option in the Family & Consumer Sciences major is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through education, research, creative endeavors, and public services. The Family Studies program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). 

All students in the Family Studies program are mentored and guided by our faculty advisors. Our courses integrate the educational experience that will help students attain promising careers in childcare and administration, as well as family services. 

Updated February 27, 2020

CSUN Admission, Policies and Services

Prospective Undergraduate Family Studies Students

Program Options

There are two pattern options within the Family Studies program:

 Childcare and Administration Pattern A:

The Childcare and Administration Pattern is for students who desire a career in early childcare systems. This pattern trains students to work effectively with young children and their families with a focus on fostering the growth and development of the child while recognizing the needs and values of the family. This program meets requirements for certification by the State of California Department of Education, Child Development Division. 

Family Services Pattern B:

The Family Services Pattern is for students who wish to work in social services or other helping professions. This pattern focuses on the needs of the entire family throughout the lifespan, examining issues including adolescence, marriage, sexuality, and aging.

 

Mentorship & Advising

All students in the Consumer Affairs program are mentored and guided by our faculty advisers. Our courses integrate the educational experience that will help students attain promising careers in Consumer Affairs.

For any course or program related questions please e-mail one of the following faculty advisers to make an appointment with them during their schedule office hours. Be sure to print and take your most current Unofficial Transcript and any questions you may have.

Dr. Sean Jefferson
Dr. Uma Krishnan
Dr. Heather McCollum
Faculty Advisors

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources. 

 

Professional Organizations

Students have opportunities to participate in department activities and develop leadership skills through the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS). Students are also highly encouraged to network through professional organizations such as:

 

Internships

A crucial component to the Family Studies program is the academic internship. Students may apply their skills to activities at the Child Family Studies Center on campus. Other internship venues throughout the community are available off campus for students interested in services for: children, adolescents, adults, and elderly. Facilities include: Family referral agencies, corporate childcare centers, parent education programs, and inter-generational care programs, and Head Start.

 

Careers

Career opportunities are extensive. Our graduates have found rewarding careers such as:

  • Adoption services director
  • Child development specialist
  • Childcare providers and administrators
  • Children's program administrators
  • Community service workers
  • Family resource and referral counselors
  • Family services coordinator
  • Inter-generational care specialists

Current Undergraduate Family Studies Student

Advisement

All undergraduate Family Studies students must attend one mandatory group advisement each semester. 

For other advisement or general program questions please e-mail your advisor to make an appointment with them during their schedule office hours. Be sure to print and take your most current Degree Progress Report (DPR) and a blank Family Studies Advisement Form (according to your pattern) to your advisement appointment.

Dr. Sean Jefferson
Dr. Uma Krishnan
Dr. Heather McCollum
Faculty Advisors

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources. 

Child and Family Studies Center

Students may apply their newly acquired professional skills at the Child and Family Studies Center located on campus. The center provides services to about 85 families with young children within the community. The highly acclaimed program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

The Child & Family Studies Center (CFSC), also known as the "lab school", is an educational setting for young children from the community, and their families, whose goal is to secure strong relationships between home and school. As an instructional unit and research laboratory, we strive to promote the professional growth of the university students, faculty, and staff.

To find out more about the services offered please visit the Child & Family Studies Center homepage.