Sep 24, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Tricia Kiefer, 413.552.2450,


Child and Family Studies is a coordinated program of study designed to provide students with a broad overview of the educational and developmental needs of children in the context of their natural environments. Students will learn through theory and practice to be civic-minded, culturally adept, and socially aware in preparation for their work with children and families. This program helps students develop the ability to make a positive impact in a variety of fields such as Early Intervention, out of school-time care, family services, and child & family advocacy.  Students will, with the support of the program coordinator, customize their interdisciplinary course of studies in topics such as education, criminal justice, human services, psychology, and sociology to support their interests and goals. This program is best for students whose areas of interest are not met by other degree options or wish to combine areas of studies.


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.


  • Any course listed in the catalog is acceptable



1BIO 111  is strongly recommended

Students may be required to complete a CORI/SORI and background check for some courses.

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


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