Bachelor of Science in Family Studies Online

This versatile online program is designed to prepare you for a broad range of careers in education, policy, advocacy and more.


Start Date:

7/27/21
8/17/21

Program Overview

$273*
Per Credit Hour
Varies by Student
Program Duration
120
Credit Hours

In the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program, you will explore the relationships within a family unit and its connection to a larger community; child socialization; and human development across the lifespan. Gain valuable knowledge and field experience that open doors to family wellness, family intervention, and community-based or faith-based opportunities. You can further customize your learning to suit your professional goals with eight electives.

Graduate qualified to work with private, non-profit or government agencies that provide care and services for families and children. Earning your B.S. in Family Studies online also gives you a strong academic foundation for a seamless pathway to the LU online Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling.

This degree program will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the elements of healthy relationships and functioning through family research findings
  • Reduce family crises before they occur through awareness and prevention methods
  • Use an informed approach to help individuals, couples and families identify and build on their strengths
  • Strengthen communities by empowering individuals, couples and families to enrich their own well-being
  • Perform a high level of cognitive and written proficiency in the identification and application of course content dealing with family-related issues through projects and assignments
  • Demonstrate strong oral communication skills and your knowledge of theories related to family studies, as well as your ability to apply those theories in real-world applications

This degree program will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the elements of healthy relationships and functioning through family research findings
  • Reduce family crises before they occur through awareness and prevention methods
  • Use an informed approach to help individuals, couples and families identify and build on their strengths
  • Strengthen communities by empowering individuals, couples and families to enrich their own well-being
  • Perform a high level of cognitive and written proficiency in the identification and application of course content dealing with family-related issues through projects and assignments
  • Demonstrate strong oral communication skills and your knowledge of theories related to family studies, as well as your ability to apply those theories in real-world applications
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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Family Studies. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$273 Per credit hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Calendar

Our Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:7/27/21
Start Class:8/17/21

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring II03/16/202102/23/202103/02/202103/08/202105/11/2021
Fall 108/17/202107/27/202108/03/202108/10/202110/11/2021
Fall 210/12/202109/21/202109/28/202110/05/202112/07/2021

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Admissions

The Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Official Transcripts

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710

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All applicants must complete an application packet, consisting of:

  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges and universities you have attended
  • Verify specific requirements associated with chosen degree program

High school graduates who have not attended college before are considered entering freshmen – even if they received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs. Transfer students with fewer than 18 hours of college credit also must meet admission requirements for entering freshmen.

Incoming freshmen must do three things to qualify for unconditional admission to Lamar University:

  • Receive a diploma from an accredited high school
  • Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2.5 credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2.5 credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language)
  • Graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class or achieve a minimum composite score on the SAT or ACT

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to [email protected]

Courses

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science in Family Studies online features the same quality instruction from supportive faculty as our established on-campus program. Through core coursework and field experiences, you will develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary family issues, the historical context of families, the dynamics of human development, and more.

Three hours required from the below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles and practices of public speaking.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of the fundamentals of speech production to the needs of the professional person. For non-communication majors only.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to the basic skills in production and comprehension of American Sign Language (ASL). It includes the manual alphabet and numbers, vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures, conversational strategies, and cultural/language notes. This course will assist the student in developing conversational ability; culturally appropriate behaviors and exposes students to ASL grammar. (Transfers as TCCN SNGL 1301). Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Language course for beginners. Includes grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, dictation and written exercises, and language lab practice. (CC No. 2311) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Pronunciation, conversation, reading, dictation, grammar, including language lab practice.
Three hours required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended for non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors. topics include introductory treatments of sets and logic, financial mathematics, probability and statistics with appropriate applications. Number sense, proportional reasoning, estimation, technology and communication should be embedded throughout the course. Additional topics may be covered. Prerequisites: 350 Math TSI, TSI Complete, or TSI Exempt. Students with a TSI score or 310 or higher, or an ABE score of 4 or more may register for MATH 1332 if they also register for MATH 0132 as a co-requisite course.
Six hours required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to contemporary environmental issues and human interactions with ecosystems. Not to be used as a biology major course.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Structure and function of cells, tissues, and muscle, skeletal and nervous systems. Prerequisite: Passing scores on all sections of TASP test or be TASP exempt. May not be used as a Biology major course.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Structure and function of the circulatory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 with a grade of at least a "C" or better.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of elementary inorganic/organic chemistry and gas laws for allied health science majors. Prerequisites: (High school chemistry or CHEM 1375 with a grade of "C" or better) and (Mathematics Readiness Score>= 700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a "C" or better).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
XX
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
XX
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Earth materials, structures, tectonics, land forms, mineral resources and processes that formed them.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide a basic understanding of many aspects of space exploration, including discovering the physical make-up of the universe and evidence surrounding its origin, learning the discoveries made in the solar system and evidence surrounding its origin. This course in addition to lecture material will include a class project to assess teamwork skills.
Three hours required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Six-to-ten major monuments of world literature, from classical antiquity to the present century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or 1374; or ENGL 1360 and 1361 Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Six to ten major works of American literature, including both the 19th and 20th centuries.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
XX
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Significant contributions to African-American literature from Colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or 1374; or ENGL 1360 and 1361 Offered: Fall, Spring
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of major knowledge systems with an emphasis on the scientific and humanistic methods of inquiry.
Three hours required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the field of film with emphasis on current trends in cinema, past and present directors, and the historical development of film. Satisfies the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the art of dance and its role in world cultures, history and current issues. This course satisfies the fine arts core for non-dance majors. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.
Six hours required.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Texas history from the beginning to the present time.
Six hours required.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.
Three hours required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A general survey of the three main fields of anthropology - physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Emphasis is on the holistic approach of anthropology to the study of mankind in all times and places.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey course emphasizing interaction of business with its external and internal environments. Introduction to public policy process and issues with focus on ethical and moral considerations.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined; its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Comprehensive introduction to economic principles and problems for non-business students. Resource utilization; price determination; distribution of income; fiscal and monetary problems; economic growth.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasizes monetary theory; national income analysis; fluctuation and growth; public finance; international trade; and current economic problems.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to economic principles; allocation of resources; determination of output and prices; distribution; and managerial economics.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory survey of the major areas of psychology such as learning, personality, social, testing, developmental and physiological. Emphasis is on psychology as the scientific study of behavior and includes both human and animal behavior.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of major subjects in sociology, including sociological perspective, culture, social interaction, social stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social groups, organizations, family, religion, population, urbanization and social changes.
Six hours required from the below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Six hours required.  ENGL 1302 is required, choose one of the course listed below.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the individual and the family. Individual development, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, tasks of marriage, work and the family and parenting skills in relation to the family life cycle.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
People have always lived in families, but what that means has changed dramatically across time and across cultures. This course explores internal functionality, as well as how the family unit has contributed to the advancement and/or regression of its members and society at large.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of private, non-profit and governmental agencies that serve children and families.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of the preschool years. Emphasis is placed on the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and creative selves.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Dynamics of growth and development of children from conception through adolescence. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as guidance techniques are addressed.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Dynamics of growth and development from young adulthood through death. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, including current issues and challenges at each of those stages (young adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood).
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of family structures beyond the traditional nuclear structure, including single parent households, polygamous households and those headed up by same-sex couples.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of operational processes that are common to human services agencies, whether public or private. Topics include budget and funding, staff and volunteer management and program planning and execution.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Interpersonal violence throughout the life cycle from immediate and extended family members. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect perpetuated against children, spouses and the elderly. Includes viewpoints of law enforcement and treatment strategies.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the importance of family relationships in the development of the child and individual behavior. Specific study of parenting skills, interaction between parent and child, interrelationships between family and larger community.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the interdisciplinary nature of family communication. Critique of communication patterns and applications of theoretical approaches in reference to interpersonal relationships.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Exploration of current topics affecting family life. Topics will address issues across the lifespan and will consider a variety of viewpoints.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Leadership, personal style, and protocol for working as a professional. Assessment of individual strengths, areas for improvement, and interpersonal relationship skills. Includes the development and nature of the profession, entry into the profession, exploration of career options, and opportunities for graduate study. Requires development of a personal portfolio.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Cooperative work-study arrangement between business, industry or selected governmental or private agencies and the FCS Department. Conferences and/or seminars with faculty coordinator are required. May be repeated with varied experiences for a maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing, Family and Consumer Sciences Major; advanced approval.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The objective of this course is to teach students to solve realistic problems using the most readily available "off-the-shelf" general applications software: word processing, spreadsheets and database systems. The course familiarizes the student with Internet resources. Students learn the basic components of computer systems and networks. (This course may not be taken as a COSC/CPSC elective).
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is concerned with the basic information regarding the physical, psychological, social and comparative aspects of family health, sexual behavior, sex education and sexually transmitted diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between personal health and human sexuality. the understanding of human sexuality through self-awareness, value clarification and decision-making will also be a concern.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigates sociological explanations of human sexuality using a gender constructionist framework. Trends in sexual attitudes will be explored, along with issues of sexual expression/desire, gender socialization, sexual aggression and sexual diversity.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Physiological, biochemical and sociological factors that affect nutrient requirements and recommendations over the life cycle.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

 
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