Child and Family Studies (B.A.)

Department of Child and Family Studies

The Child and Family Studies Department at Berea College promotes education to enrich individual and family life. Within an applied context of learning, broad explorations are made regarding the needs of the family as a system, emphasizing:

  • inter-and intra-communication of individuals and families
  • interaction with their near environment and
  • interrelatedness of the family with other societal systems.

The Child and Family Studies program requires a core curriculum of six courses. This ensures CFS majors gain an insightful, holistic perspective of family as a societal unit. The core curriculum provides a common body of knowledge central to understanding family needs. It also acknowledges potential strengths and contributions provided by the family. These core courses include:

  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Family Relations
  • Family Resource Management (includes the Home Management House as a laboratory component)
  • Senior Seminar (Includes an overview of the history and philosophy of the profession areas. Each student conducts and reports on an individual research project).
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Child/Human Development and Family Science/Studies
Child Development
Family Studies
Nutrition & Food Studies
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Department Chair