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Family Studies Concentration

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Our Sociology/Family Studies curriculum is the only undergraduate program in Virginia designated by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator curriculum.  This distinction allows students who complete the program an abbreviated track to becoming Certified Family Life Educators and gives them a competitive edge in pursuing careers working with families.

Students who pursue this program take a wide range of classes that are designed to teach them about all facets of the family life cycle - from birth to death - and the variety of issues that families encounter, both ordinary and expected as well as traumatic and unexpected.


Sociology Major, BA or BS Degree; Family Studies Concentration with Abbreviated Track to Pursue Provisional Certified Family Life Educator

General Education Core Requirements - 38 credits
  Gen Ed Goal 5:  Majors should choose FINA 250
  Gen Ed Goal 8:  Majors should choose PSYC 101.  Do NOT choose SOCL 101 or 102
  Gen Ed Goal 12: Majors should choose PHIL 308, 315 or 316
  Ged Ed Goal 14: Majors much completed SOCL 492 (Internship at a Family Life related site)

Additional Degree Requirements - BA degree - 6 credits
Additional Degree Requirements – BS degree/6-7 credits

Major Requirements/44 credits 
 SOCL 101 (3) Principles of Sociology
 SOCL 102 (3) Contemporary Social Problems

 SOCL 222 (3) Perspectives on Childhood and Parenting
 SOCL 233 (3) Introduction to Social Inequality and Difference
 SOCL 241 (3) Marriage and the Family
 SOCL 345 (3) Social Research and Program Evaluation
 SOCL 346 (3) Statistics for the Social Sciences
 SOCL 401 (3) Sociological Theory
 SOCL 461 (3) Senior Seminar
 PSYC 330 (3) Life Span Development
 SOWK 337 (3) Family and Children’s Services

Additional Classes Needed to Apply for Provisional CFLE: 
 SOCL 220 (3) Self in Society
 SOCL 306 (3) Stess and Crisis in Families
 SOCL 351 (3) Sociology of Family Violence
 HLTH 314 (3) Human Sexuality

Internship - 3 credit internship at a Family Life related site (1 credit fulfills Gen Ed Goal 14): 
 SOCL 492 (3) Internship in Sociology 

General Electives - BA Degree/32 credits; BS Degree/31-32 credits


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