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HDFS is a leader in applied interdisciplinary scholarship focused on reducing risk and enhancing resilience within individuals and among families across cultures and generations. The distinguishing feature of HDFS is the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary integration of instruction, research and application between and among human development, family science, early childhood education, gerontology, and marriage and family therapy. Because integrative approaches are necessarily broad, the department's focus is on the many ways resilience may be discovered, developed, mastered, and maintained across human processes and contexts.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Ours is an integrated department. In addition to our undergraduate general degrees in Psychology and Sociology, we also offer two family-relevant degrees which are (1) Family and Community Service, and (2) Psychology: Pre-Counseling. Furthermore, we have a Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Our department currently employs six full time faculty members identified in the following manner: a family scientist, two family therapists, a counseling psychologist, a research psychologist, and a sociologist. The integrative nature of our department provides a strong liberal arts preparation as well as a specific professional focus for each undergraduate student. We are a faith-based program and university and we challenge students to integrate their faith into their discipline. We have more than 120 majors in our department with the majority currently anticipating a career in a therapy-related field. More than 90% of our departmental courses are taught by full-time faculty members with degrees and training in their specific disciplines. 

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Family and Child Studies (M.S.) program is a life-span study of the family from birth to death. This degree program can lead to a certification in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations. The Certified Child and Parenting Specialist credential is also available to those graduates who take the required examination and internships. The Family Life Education Program (B.S.) is the study of the development of children and their families from the prenatal stage throughout the lifespan. The program focuses on interpersonal relationships and developmental tasks of all family members. The program provides three options: Child Development, Marriage and Family, and Gerontology. The Child Development option provides students with a concentration of courses in child development and will strengthen career opportunities by providing students with competencies to work with children and their families. Studies focus specifically about children regarding research supporting the critical need to know how children learn and develop, and how to best meet these needs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to enter graduate programs with a concentration in Child Development and related areas. Students are prepared to apply for the following certifications: Certified Family Life Educator and Certified Child and Parenting Practitioner. The Marriage and Family option is designed for students who desire to work with families in family life education and/or in family and community service settings. The curriculum has a broad interdisciplinary component including course work in individual development; marital and family systems; professionalism and ethics; and research. Students completing this option are prepared to meet the requirements for Certified Family Life Education national certification and for graduate programs in marriage and family, and related fields. The Gerontology option will provide students with a concentration of courses related to the older adult. Because of the rapid pace at which our society is aging and the high percent of older adults, students will increase their career opportunities as they work with this age in the population. Completion of this option allows the graduate to enter graduate programs in Gerontology and satisfy requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator and other certifications available.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Why a Bachelor of Science with a major in Family Studies & Gerontology? American society is undergoing a major transformation at a rapid rate at both ends of the generational spectrum. Our population is aging and living longer. Our young families are also caught in this sea of change. Consequently, professionals educated in intergenerational studies and lifespan relations will play a pivotal role in the evolving construct of our society.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Family studies is one of the fastest growing programs at OC. Our academic programs equip students to serve in careers that support and nurture families. Whether in family counseling, child care, or social services, a graduate of the Family Studies program is prepared to make a difference.

Oklahoma Christian offers two major programs in family studies. The B.S. Degree in Family Studies is a pre-professional degree that emphasizes the preparing of students for graduate school. Those students who wish to pursue advanced degrees, at either the master's or doctoral level, are encouraged to pursue this degree. With the growth of marriage and family graduate school programs and the increasing influence of systems theory in psychology, the need to prepare students for study as marriage and family counselors is increasing.

The B.S. degree in Family Studies/Child Development provides students with a broad, general approach to the study of the family. This degree is primarily intended for those students who do not wish to pursue graduate school. It examines family issues across the lifespan but adds emphasis in early childhood education.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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