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Child and Family Studies (Child Development), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Online
The Child and Family Studies program from University of Southern Mississippi prepares students for exciting and challenging careers in educational, institutional, and human service organizations, in public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
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What is Child and Family Studies?

Students seeking a degree in Child and Family Studies will choose one of two emphasis areas, Child Development or Family Relations. Both emphasis areas earn a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, so students will take many of the same CD and FAM courses before taking classes specific to their chosen emphasis.

The main difference between the two emphases is the students intended career goal. Students choosing to emphasize in Child Development take literacy courses and more experiential lab courses than their FAM peers and complete a 9 credit hour practicum their final semester. Students choosing to emphasize in Family Relations take more Psychology or Public Health courses than their CD peers and complete a 3 credit hour practicum their final semester.


CFS students will take courses in social and professional development, interpersonal communication, child development, marital and family relationships, families and adolescents, behavior and guidance, personal and family financial management, sexuality in the family, infant development, parenthood, the family in later life, and developmental disabilities.

Those emphasizing in CD will take courses in administration of child and family programs, child development methods and materials, curriculum activities for young children, and literacy. Those emphasizing in FAM will take courses in case management, abnormal psychology, drug use, and their choice of 9 hours of directed electives.


Graduates with a Child and Family Studies program from University of Southern Mississippi are employed as licensed pre-school and kindergarten teachers, program evaluators, and technical assistant specialists.

Those with an emphasis in family relations are employed in human service agencies, mental health agencies, cooperative extension agencies, and faith based and non-profit organizations. Jobs in these areas are growing as fast as or faster than the average for all occupations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E.
  • World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 
  • General Psychology
  • Social and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Child and Family Studies 
  • Art Appreciation 
  • Dance Appreciation 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Requirements include:

  • A $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) scores.

Strong freshman applicants will present a 2.5 minimum GPA in core academic subjects. Core requirements for academic units/hours vary for freshmen and transfers.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    355 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 355 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    355 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 355 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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