May 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Family Studies Major (B.S.H.C.S.)

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Major code BS6351

College of Health Sciences and Professions 
Social and Public Health, Department of 
Grover Center W324
Phone: 740.593.4675
Fax: 740.593.0555

Jenny Chabot, contact person 

The program prepares you to work with clients at various developmental stages—children, adolescents, adults, or seniors. It includes family and child development classes in the Department of Social and Public Health, as well as courses relating to such issues as single parenthood, child guidance, and aging. Required related courses from other departments include psychology, sociology, and social work. A required junior practicum and quarter of full-time field experience in human services provide practical experience and the opportunity to take theory into practice.

If you choose to add the optional undergraduate Gerontology Certificate  to your degree, you’ll also gain in-depth knowledge and skills for careers that involve working with older adults.

Ohio University will soon have a child life concentration within family studies, which will prepare students to become Certified Child Life Specialists (CLS). The first stage of this plan is already in place–the addition of three child life courses: CFS 298, Introduction to Child Life (Fall); CFS 476, Children and Families in Health Care Settings (Spring); and CFS 477, Professional Practices in Child Life (Spring). Please be aware this is an extremely competitive field, and you need to be willing to take some extra steps in order to be competitive for an internship. This includes maintaining a high GPA and gaining volunteer and practicum experience with a CLS in a hospital setting. It is highly recommended that you also take the following two classes: HLTH 230, Medical Terminology and CSD 385, Sign Language I. For more information on the CLS concentration, contact: Dr. Jenny Chabot, Department of Social and Public Health, 740.593.2880, for further information or check the family studies Web site

Family studies graduates find employment in family services, children’s services, adolescent group homes, rehabilitation centers, community programs for the developmental disabled, senior citizen centers, family planning centers, mental health agencies, and probation services.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions

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Internship, Practica, Field Experience, Senior Internship Registration Requirements

Generally, the policy on internships, practica, field experiences, and senior internship requires registration for the experience in the quarter(s) that the requirements for the course are actually fulfilled. The only exception to this requirement is an experience that takes place over winter break, in which case registration for the course may occur during either fall or winter quarter. Be sure to work closely with your adviser/program coordinator to ensure proper registration and fulfillment.

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