BS in Child & Family Studies

The Child and Family Studies (CFS) undergraduate degree at LSU is an exciting integration of theory, research, and practice from multiple disciplines with a unique blend of liberal arts and professional education.  The major focuses broadly on child development and family dynamics, with special emphases on parenting throughout childhood, couples in dating, marital, and cohabiting relationships, social and psychological development, interactions between family members, influences on child and family well-being, cultural variation among families, and practical application of knowledge about individuals and families.


The CFS major at LSU follows curriculum recommendations by the National Council on Family Relations, featuring courses focused on the following topics:

  • Families & Individuals in Societal Contexts
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • Human Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Resource Management
  • Parent Education and Guidance
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Professional Ethics & Practice
  • Family Life Education Methodology



Students pursuing a degree in Child and Family Studies must meet the following admission requirements:

  • 2.2 LSU and cumulative GPA
  • "C" or better in ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021 or higher

Students should contact the College of Human Sciences & Education Office of Student Services with questions regarding admission requirements.

View the catalog degree plan. Note: This is updated by the university annually. For information on determining your catalog year, please refer to the LSU General Catalog.




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