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
- 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 :
- will fulfill one of the two Communications Intensive (CI) requirements for the Family and Community Services emphasis
- , PSY 3010 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:
- Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
- Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920 and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
- 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).
- 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:
- Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
- TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.
Departmental Requirements for Family, Consumer, and Human Development Major
Students with less than 24 semester credits can declare a premajor in FCHD (PFHD). Completion of at least 24 semester credits (including FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2000 and FCHD 2400 ) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the FCHD major. 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:
- The P/D+, D, and F option cannot be used for courses required in the FCHD major or minor.
- 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.
- Ten-year Policy. Courses which are required for the major will be accepted if they have been completed within the last 10 years.
All students will be required to pass a background check prior to participation in a practicum experience (FCHD 4950 5, FCHD 4970 , FCHD 4980 1, or FCHD 5950 ).
Pre-major Courses (9 credits)
Core Courses (13-14 credits)
In addition to completing these pre-major and core courses, students must complete the requirements for one of the following five emphases: Child Development, Family and Community Services, Human Development Lifespan, Family Finance or Deaf Education; and a minimum of 6 credits outside of the chosen emphasis from the FCHD electives list.
Child Development, Family and Community Services, and Human Development Lifespan Emphases
FCHD majors may choose one of these three emphases which will prepare them 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.
Child Development Emphasis (minimum 19 credits)
Family and Community Services Emphasis (18 credits)
Human Development Lifespan Emphasis (19 credits)
FCHD Electives (minimum 6 credits)
Note: FCHD elective courses must be outside of chosen emphasis area.
Family Finance Emphasis
FCHD majors who choose 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.
Family Finance Emphasis (27 credits)
Family Finance Emphasis Note:
In addition to completing these emphasis courses, all students must complete all pre-major and core courses listed above and a minumum of 6 credits outside their chosen emphasis from the FCHD electives list listed above.
Deaf Education Emphasis
FCHD majors who choose 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 Master of Education degree requirements can be found here.
Deaf Education Emphasis (51 credits)
In addition to these courses, students must complete the following courses during their senior year:
Deaf Education Emphasis Note:
In addition to completing these emphasis courses, all students must complete all pre-major and core courses listed above and a minimum of 6 credits outside their chosen emphasis from the FCHD electives listed above.
1 Prerequisites: Junior Standing, and completion of: pre-major courses, FCHD 4900 , and an addtional four FCHD courses for a total of eight FCHD courses. Also a cumulative 3.0 GPA and prior application approval by the Practicum Coordinator. Practicum application deadlines are: April 15 for fall, August 15 for spring and January 15 for summer.
2 FCHD majors with the Child Development or Deaf Education emphasis must take FCHD 3550 with FCHD 3500 .
3 FCHD majors with a Human Development emphasis must take FCHD 3560 concurrently with FCHD 3570 .
Note: The online sections of FCHD 3500 and FCHD 3570 do not offer a lab experience. Therefore, students must take these courses through campus-based sections.
4 Students must sign up at least four full semesters in advance in Family Life 205.
5 Prerequisites: Junior standing, and completion of: pre-major courses, FCHD 4900 , and four additional FCHD courses consisting of FCHD 2450 , FCHD 3340 , FCHD 3350 , and FCHD 3450 , for a total of eight FCHD courses. Also a cumulative 3.0 GPA and prior application approval by the Practicum Coordinator. Practicum application deadlines are: April 15 for fall, August 15 for spring, and January 15 for summer.
6 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, FCHD 4460 and FCHD 5340 .
7 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