A-Z Index

Child and Family Studies

Program(s) Available: B.A.S., Minor

Do you enjoy working with children? Have a big heart for helping others? Northwest's child and family studies program might be for you, then! Read more about how you can learn how to help improve the quality of life for those in need.

Why Study Child and Family Studies at Northwest

Child and Family Studies focus on the unique perspective of the family. Students will learn the dynamics of the family within the context of a system and focus on the family as the nurturer of children, resource supplier for its members and part of society. Understanding the intricacies of family dynamics will put students in a unique position to help with struggles within and outside the family unit.

Pick your path

B.A.S. (for transfer students)

For transfer students the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a flexible, individually tailored degree for students pursuing a vocational, technical or associate degree. Coursework for these degrees build on workplace skills and practical career training provided by an associate degree. Students may find a B.A.S. appealing for the following reasons:

  • Shorter time to degree by maximizing the transfer of vocational and technical courses toward a four-year degree
  • Requires fewer Northwest Core courses (general education courses)
  • A personalized and flexible degree plan
  • Cost-effective

Please note this program is not a traditional four-year program. It is structured for transfer students. Check out more on the benefits of our B.A.S. programs.

Minor Program

With a minor in child and family studies, students will become well-versed in family systems and the needs of a family and children within the family. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the Academic Catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 hours.

Career Ready
Early childhood education with a certification in early childhood special education

I chose Northwest because it was the perfect distance from home, and it was just the right size to meet my educational wants and needs. — Nicole Reed

Career Opportunities

  • Child care provider
  • Preschool teacher
  • Counseling
  • Court appointed advocate
  • Case manager
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Health care advocate

What Can I Do With a Major in Child and Family Studies?

Learn to teach at our on-campus school

Horace Mann Laboratory School, an elementary school, consisting of grades transitional kindergarten through six, is a clinical teaching environment on the Northwest campus where students gain profession-based skills. Horace Mann is one of a small number of laboratory schools in the United States and provides hands-on experience for students to ensure they are career-ready upon graduation. 

Learn to teach at our on-campus school

Gain skills in early childhood

The Phyllis and Richard Leet Center allow students and staff to engage in collaborative inquiry with children, families, teachers and faculty in ways that foster conversations about research, best practices and innovation. 

Gain skills in early childhood
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