Louisiana State University

College of Human Sciences & Education
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The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree at LSU is an exciting integration of theory, research, and practice from multiple disciplines with a unique blend of liberal arts and professional education.  The major focuses broadly on child development and family dynamics, with special emphases on parenting throughout childhood, couples in dating, marital, and cohabiting relationships, social and psychological development, interactions between family members, influences on child and family well-being, cultural variation among families, and practical application of knowledge about individuals and families.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Loren Marks
Campus Enrollment
32,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

College of Human Sciences and Education
311 Huey P. Long Field-House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

Phone Number
225-578-5875
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Loren Marks
Undergrad Program Options
  • Development
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Early Childhood
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Family Science/Studies
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Child or Adolescent Child/Studies
  • Child and Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Dynamics
  • Management of Family Systems and Services
  • Development of Young Children in Context
  • Young Children's Cognitive and Linguistic Development
  • Family Finance CFS
  • Adult-Child Relationships
  • Field Experience in Child and Family Studies
  • Professionl Seminar in Child and Family Studies
  • The Adolescent and the Family
  • Families: Policy and Law
  • Family Stress Management
  • Family Life Education
  • Internship in Child and Family Studies Graduate Program
Undergrad Comments

The CFS coursework and required internships are excellent preparation for many different types of graduate programs as well as careers working with children and families. Students who graduate with a BS in Child and Family Studies may begin working as family advocates, youth workers, cooperative extension associates, social service agency administrators, and service providers for community agencies serving children, youth, and families. The degree also provides a solid foundation of coursework for students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in human development and family studies, marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, early childhood education, family law, and other fields focused on children and families.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.