Why Family and Child Studies?

Family studies and child studies programs are an important presence across the country. Our development as humans and strong families are the foundation for healthy communities and societies. Families today are confronted with different challenges (e.g., divorce, unemployment, illness, aging, poverty, death, disabilities, etc.). Professionals in this discipline help families identify and use resources to promote optimal development and find solutions to their problems using a multi-disciplinary approach (e.g., human development, family relations, family economics, community relations and resource management).

This program is for students interested in working with individuals, families and children in settings such as family service agencies, family service departments of hospitals and clinics, counseling agencies, schools, consumer agencies, nursing homes, adolescents’ and children’s residencies, day care centers, departments of social services, child guidance clinics, family resource centers, parent education programs, family court systems, youth service organizations, community services, juvenile corrections, non-profit organizations, etc. This degree is also recommended for those wishing to obtain a baccalaureate or graduate degree in family studies, consumer studies, human development, social work, marriage and family counseling, or education.


The degree option is interdisciplinary in nature. Student’s in this degree option gain an insightful and holistic perspective of humans and the family as societal units a curriculum in the social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and education is presented.

The degree option at Capital Community in Family and Child Studies (FCS) is a collaboration between Social Services and Early Childhood Education programs in the Department of Social Sciences. The degree option requires the completion of 60-61 credits, including general college curriculum and courses specific to the degree program that specializes in family, education, human development and consumer sciences.


The mission of the Family and Child Studies degree option is to prepare students to gain knowledge of human development and family studies concepts and theories, and to apply the current and emerging knowledge and best practices to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Program Goals

The Goals of the degree option are:
1. to prepare graduates to be competent family life educators and to obtain entry-level positions in child, family and social services and programs
2. to prepare students to become effective critical thinkers.
3. to enable students to develop effective oral and written communication skills.
4. to develop individuals who are prepared to use best practices and literature to evaluate and understand issues, challenges, and appropriate resolutions.
5. to enable students to understand the role of cultural diversity in their profession.
6. to develop individuals who are able to demonstrate collaboration and teamwork, positive attitudes towards work, ethical and professional demeanor, and leadership skills.
7. to enable students to use 21st century learning skills, literacy skills and life skills.
The curriculum is designed to meet nine learning outcomes and nine domains of professional skills. The learning outcomes are:
1. Human development: knowledge of human development-life span birth to death (cognitive, physical and social/emotional development) including both normative development and individual differences, milestones, stages, theories.
2. Family and cultural variation: knowledge of family, community and society diversity.
3. Internal processes: knowledge of internal individual and family processes, such as parenting and parent-child relations, couples and family relationships across generations, and health and well-being.
4. External processes: ability to evaluate how children, adults, and families affect and are affected by human services, policies, media, laws, other social institutions and social constructs.
5. Applied practice: apply theoretical frameworks for the purposes of effective and ethical practice, engagement, interaction and outreach for individuals and families.
6. Research: ability to examine and apply theoretical frameworks and current research.
7. Analytical skills: analyze information, think critically, and problem solve.
8. Professional development: acquire knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment and/or entry into a bachelor’s degree program; and adhere to professional standards of conduct.
9. Communication: effective writing skills for a broad range of settings; and effective public speaking, interpersonal communication skills and skills for using technology.

† ENG* 101 Composition 3
 PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
† SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
ECE* 176 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective 3
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature 3
† PSY* 105 Group Dynamics 3
† COM 173 Public Speaking 3
† SOC* 201 Contemporary Social Issues 3
† ECN* 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PHL 111 Ethics 3
† SOC* 210 Sociology of the Family 3
† PSY* 204
PSY* 201
Child Development OR
Life Span Development
† SOC* 235 Introduction to Social Welfare (SL) 3
† MAT* 137
MAT* 167
Intermediate Algebra OR
Principles of Statistics*
† ECE* 275 Child, Family and School Relations 3
† HSE* 281 Human Services Field Work I 3
† SOC* 285 Community Organization 3
† BIO* 115 Human Biology 4
† ECE* 215 The Exceptional Learner 3
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
ENG 095 or higher is a prerequisite for SOC 101 and PSY 111.

ENG 101 prerequisite for PHL 111 (Humanities) and COM 173.

*MAT 167 preferred


All major course requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in the internship. A grade of “C” or higher in SOC, ECE, and PSY courses. FCS students must complete 120 hours at a preapproved internship site. Authorization of a program coordinator (social services or early childhood education) is required for enrollment in HSE 281.


Josiah Ricardo
Program Coordinator
Social Services
Room 1016
(860) 906-5233

Marsha Bryant, Ed.D.
Room TS01D
(860) 906-5236

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