48 months
23720 USD/year
23720 USD/year
13352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The B.S.C.F.S. (Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies) in Child and Family Studies Major at Ohio University prepares students for careers working with children, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in a broad range of settings. 


  • This B.S.C.F.S. in Child and Family Studies Major at Ohio University also prepares students to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), as designated by the Child Life Council, the governing organization that oversees this profession. 

This degree has three concentrations:

Child, Adult, and Family Services Concentration

  • This concentration prepares students to work with individuals and families in diverse settings, including human and social service agencies, and programs for children, adolescents, as well as young, mid-life, and older adults.

  • Students learn about the nature of individual and family interactions, family dynamics, how individuals within the family contribute to and are shaped by these dynamics, and how broad societal contexts (e.g., schools, peers, gender, poverty) influence individual development and family functioning. 

  • By studying varied developmental pathways, including those pathways characterized by stress and trauma, students will have the opportunity to acquire the professional skills necessary to work with individuals, couples, and families in a broad range of human service settings.

Child Life Concentration/Pediatric Health Care Settings

  • This concentration prepares students for careers working with children and families in pediatric health care settings, including the Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish organizations, and children's hospitals.  
  • This concentration also prepares students to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), as designated by the Child Life Council, the governing organization that oversees this profession. 
  • The CCLS helps normalize the hospitalization experience for children and families, and provides specific services that include preparations for medical procedures, coping skills for children during stressful health care experiences, support for siblings and parents, therapeutic medical play, planning and implementing activities to enhance growth and development, and interdisciplinary team involvement. 
  • In addition to core courses in the child and family studies program, students in this concentration are required to take courses in biology, psychology, early childhood education, and health.

Family Gerontology Concentration

  • This concentration focuses on aging within the context of families, more specifically the implications, support needs, and outcomes for adults and their family members as they age and the quality of their relationships across the life course. 
  • Child and family studies students who choose this concentration will also receive an undergraduate gerontology certificate to help them better prepare for careers advocating for and helping older adults and their family members. 
  • With this concentration, students typically seek employment working with mid to later life adults and their family members or pursue graduate work in such areas as marriage and family therapy, social work, human development and family studies, rehabilitation services, and public/community health.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

  • With an accumulation of over 700 hours of service-learning, practicum, and internship experiences (includes 600 hour final internship, 75 hour practicum, and required service-learning hours built into selected courses), students who graduate from this program will have ample opportunities to explore career options, gain valuable experience, and develop/refine marketable skills. 
  • Child and family studies graduates find employment in many areas of human services, including child and family services, adolescent groups homes, rehabilitation centers, community programs for the developmentally disabled, senior citizen centers and facilities, family planning centers, mental health agencies, probation services, emergency shelters, adult foster care, hospice, hospitals, 4-H programs, and other agencies that assist families and individuals in crisis. 
  • The child and family studies program offers three different concentrations to choose from: child, adult, and family services; child life; and family gerontology. All three concentrations are designed to provide a strong foundation for those students who plan to go on to graduate school.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intimate and Family Relationships 
  • Individuals and Families Over the Lifespan
  • Aging and Family Relations in Modern Society 
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement 
  • Research Design and Program Evaluation 
  • Children, Families, and Diversity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


121 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form
  • $70 international application processing fee
  • Official academic records
  • Evidence of sufficient funding
  • Statement of activities.
  • Exams for scholarship consideration
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available
GCSE or IGCSE Curricula
  • For students participating in the GCSE or IGCSE curricula, we generally expect to see at least 6 passes, graded C or higher. Students who are going on to complete GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS-levels) and/or Advanced Levels (A-levels) may be awarded transfer credit for successfully completed exams.
International Baccalaureate Curriculum
  • For students studying an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, we generally expect an average of 5 out of 7 on your college-preparatory curriculum. IB Higher Level examinations may also be eligible for transfer credit.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23720 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    23720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23720 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13352 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Athens

1079 - 1780 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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