Southern Virginia University

Department of Family & Child Development
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The family and child development major prepares students for careers serving families and children. The major also prepares students for graduate programs in the social sciences. Courses emphasize research-based knowledge about marriage, contemporary families and human development. Family and child development majors learn about families in society, internal family dynamics, human growth and development over the life span, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resources management, parent education and guidance, family law and family policy, ethics, and family life education methodology.        

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ariel Rodriguez
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Studies
  • 40% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
850
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
Department Address

One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
United States

Phone Number
540-261-8548
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Child Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Marriage and Family
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Family Process
  • Parenting
  • Family Life Education
  • Families and Sexuality
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Organizational Communication
  • Intervention with At-Risk Families
  • Internship in Family and Child Development
  • Research Practicum
  • Family Social Policy and Law
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
Undergrad Comments

The Family and Child Development undergraduate program incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of family. Courses emphasize research-based knowledge about marriage, contemporary families, and human development. Family and Child Development majors learn about: families in society, internal family dynamics, human growth and development over the life span, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resource management, parent education and guidance, family law, family policy, and family life education methodology. Typically, Family and Child Development majors enter careers working with young children, adolescents, and/or families: some desire careers as social workers, others seek employment as educators in intervention settings, while others continue on to graduate school in order to become licensed therapists in clinical intervention settings.

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.