Jul 12, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Child and Family Studies, Liberal Studies, A.S.

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Tricia Kiefer, 413.552.2450, tkiefer@hcc.edu


Child and Family Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary major that prepares students to make positive impacts in the fields of child and family advocacy, family services, youth development, early intervention, human services, social work, and nonprofit leadership.  When you complete this degree, you can either enter the workforce directly or transfer into a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies.  Our courses emphasize culturally sustaining practices and pedagogy, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and social justice for children, adolescents, families, schools, and communities.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • identify typical and atypical educational and developmental needs of children
  • recognize risk factors for children and families and research appropriate preventions/interventions
  • examine their attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and skills to work effectively with children and families
  • research current events and topics that impact children and families
  • discover and assess community programs and resources for children and families
  • explore career fields that relate to working with children and families


Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement; any course listed in the catalog is acceptable



1BIO 111  is strongly recommended

You will work closely with the Program Coordinator to design a unique plan of study based on your professional and educational goals.

You may be required to complete a CORI/SORI and background check for courses that require field work.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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