Develop and Care for the Fabric of Society with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development
“God created the family to provide the maximum love and support and morality and example that one can imagine.” These words of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University, are never truer than in today’s world.
If you are looking for a degree that will give you the credentials you need to work with families and impact the next generation, then a bachelor’s in family and child development is an excellent choice. This degree can be your key to a career in advocating for families and individuals who are in need of guidance and support.
Throughout this degree, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how families work and how you can help repair or reinforce the ties that bind a family together. Liberty’s mission is to Train Champions for Christ, so if you pursue a degree with us, you will receive a Christian education from experienced professors who are grounded in their faith and ready to share their real-life experiences and training with you to set you up for success in your future career.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development?
You are looking for a degree that supports your goals of making a positive change in the world. At Liberty University, we are focused on helping you do just that. Our goal is to bring you the knowledge and experience you need to take that goal and fulfill God’s calling on your life.
Aside from the skills you’ll learn in our bachelor’s degree in family and child development, you will have opportunities to connect with professionals in your specific field of interest and network with other students in your program through clubs like the Family and Child Development Association. Additionally, all seniors are required to complete an internship where you can put your training into practice. A majority of our students are offered employment from the place they completed their internship!
Our B.S. in Family and Child Development is the largest major in our College of Arts and Sciences department, and there are many opportunities and proven success stories from students who have come before you. We have students who are now working in family counseling, with special needs children as Applied Behavior Specialists, and in adult care programs. We also have students working both in the U.S. and overseas in children’s ministry programs.
What Will You Learn in Our B.S. in Family and Child Development?
As you begin your studies in our Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development degree, you will gain an understanding of human development and how to strengthen the family unit from a biblical perspective. By studying early childhood development and other principles, you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to positively modify and shape children’s behavior. You will also study the unique and prevalent problems facing families today and how to help them overcome them. Additionally, the leadership qualities you gain will assist you in becoming an authority in your field.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out some of the courses you will study in our family and child development bachelor’s program listed below!
FACS 204 – Introduction to Family and Child Development
This course provides an overview of the family and child development major with an emphasis on professional development, long-term career goals, self-assessment tools, and leadership qualities needed in the field of family and child development.
FACS 361 – Therapy and Theory of Play in Early Childhood
A study of play therapies, theories, and the importance of play in learning and child development from infancy through middle childhood.
FACS 470 – Parenting
This course presents a practical application of the underlying principles and theories as they relate to family strengths and weaknesses in family relationships.
FACS 475 – Families Under Stress
This course highlights current research and theories relating to crisis and stress as they affect family functioning, and application of stress management and effective coping skills to the family unit.
Highlights of Our Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development
- Liberty University’s FACS program ranked #1 in the state of Virginia.
- All FACS students are required to complete internships in their senior year. A majority of those students are offered jobs from their internships.
- Several clubs like the Family and Child Development Association and the FACS Honor Society allow students to connect with professionals in their specific fields of interest and network with students in their programs.
Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development Graduates
- Adult Care Program Specialist
- Child Advocate
- Child Life Specialist
- Children’s Pastor/Minister
- Daycare/Preschool Teacher
- Overseas Orphanage Representative
- Social Worker
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.