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  Jan 18, 2018
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Family, Consumer, and Human Development - BA

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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development

University Studies Requirements for Major

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  • STAT 1040  will meet the Quantitative Literacy (QL) requirement
  •   will fulfill the American Institutions (BAI) requirement for students in the Family Finance emphasis
  •   or   or   or   will fulfill the Social Sciences (BSS) requirement and the Exploration requirement in the Family, Consumer and Human Development major

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •   and   will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement for the Family and Community Services, Child Development, and Deaf Education emphases
  •   will fulfill one of two required courses for the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement for the Family Finance emphasis
  •  PSY 2800  or SOC 3120  will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC). 


Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Departmental Requirements for Family, Consumer, and Human Development Major

Admission Requirements

Students with less than 24 semester credits can declare a premajor in FCHD (PFHD). Completion of at least 24 semester credits (including FCHD 1010 , FCHD 1500 , and FCHD 2400 ) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the FCHD major. Family Finance premajor courses include FCHD 1010 , FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2400 , and FCHD 2450 . A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. A grade of C or better is required in all courses for the major, including STAT 1040 .

Departmental Program Requirements

The department has established the following regulations, which govern students’ academic progress:

  1. The P/D+, D, and F option cannot be used for courses required in the FCHD major or minor.
  2. An overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to enter the major, and a cumulative 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. A grade of C or better is required in all major coursework, including STAT 1040 . A GPA of 3.0 in FCHD major courses is also required for graduation.
  3. Ten-year Policy. Courses which are required for the major will be accepted if they have been completed within the last 10 years.

Background Check

All students will be required to pass a background check prior to participation in a practicum experience (FCHD 4950 , FCHD 4970 , FCHD 4980 , or FCHD 5950 ).

Emphasis Requirements

After admission to the FCHD major, students must complete the requirements for one of the following four emphases: Family and Community Services, Child Development, Deaf Education, or Family Finance. These requirements are shown below.

Family and Community Services and Child Development Emphases

Majors choosing one of these two emphases prepare for employment in a variety of occupational settings. Previous graduates have found employment in such settings as child care, Head Start programs, social services agencies, drug treatment centers, youth and adult residential care centers, foster care, youth centers, crisis centers, parent education programs, senior citizen centers, long-term care facilities, adult day care centers, and a host of related federal, state, and local agencies serving families and children. Students are prepared to work in their communities to develop and guide policies for families and children. In addition, FCHD majors receive increased knowledge and skills in topics which will enhance their personal and family lives.


In addition to completing these core courses, all students must complete all courses listed below for either the Family and Community Services Emphasis or the Child Development Emphasis.

Deaf Education Emphasis

Majors choosing this emphasis are preparing to work with infants and young children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families. Once students have completed their undergraduate degree, they can apply to the graduate program in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and work toward a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education with an Early Intervention emphasis. Students completing the M.Ed. program will have the skills necessary to work in early intervention programs that are found in every state of the country. Upon completion of the undergraduate FCHD major with the Deaf Education emphasis, and the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education master’s degree with an Early Intervention emphasis, students will have the coursework necessary to cover the competencies for the 0-3 Hearing Endorsement and the EI-2 credential from the State Office of Health. Students who desire preschool teacher licensure must also complete requirements for the Special Education 0-5 license and hearing impaired endorsement. Students in the graduate program in Deaf Education may also choose to follow the Deaf Education K-12 teacher licensure track.  Students are not eligible for licensure or endorsement until they successfully complete the graduate program. Specific information about the Deaf Education graduate program options and Masters of Education degree requirements can be found here .

Family Finance Emphasis

Majors choosing this emphasis will be prepared for careers in financial counseling, advising, and education. Coursework focuses on the financial decisions that individuals and families face relating to insurance, investing, credit reports and scores, debt reduction, taxes, consumerism, budgeting, and home ownership. Students will complete an off-campus practicum and a Financial Counseling practicum at the Family Life Center on campus. At the Family Life Center students will encounter various types of financial experiences, including new home buyer counseling sessions and workshops. The Family Life Center’s housing and financial counseling services are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provide counseling and education to the community.

Employment opportunities include consumer credit counseling services, credit unions, the armed forces, corporate employee assistance programs, employee benefits counseling firms, college financial aid offices, bank loan offices, hospitals, corporate credit offices, bankruptcy courts, community housing programs, Federal Home Administration, Housing and Urban Development, personal banker, mortgage loan officer, credit counselor, financial counselor or educator, consumer relations coordinator, military financial educator, debt collections coordinator, credit investigator, fraud detective, insurance broker, stockbroker, and financial planner.

Prerequisites for FCHD 4950 and 5950 Family Finance Practica

FCHD 4950  and FCHD 5950  may be taken only by FCHD majors who have completed the application process. Prior to enrolling in FCHD 4950  or FCHD 5950 , students must have completed a minimum of 70 semester credits. The following courses are also prerequisites for FCHD 4950  and FCHD 5950 :


*FCHD majors with a Family and Community Services emphasis must take one lab concurrently with either FCHD 3510  or FCHD 3520 . FCHD majors with a Child Development emphasis must take FCHD 3550  concurrently with FCHD 3510  and FCHD 3560  concurrently with FCHD 3520 . The online sections of FCHD 3510  and FCHD 3520  do not offer a lab experience. Therefore, students must take these courses through campus-based sections. For students attending classes at the Uintah Basin and Brigham City regional campuses, and at the Snow College regional partner campus, the FCHD 3550  and FCHD 3560  labs must be taken concurrently with FCHD 3510  and FCHD 3520 , regardless of emphasis.

1 Students must sign up three full semesters in advance in Family Life 205.

2 For COMD and SPED course offerings, contact the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education and the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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