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Family Sciences emphasizes the integration of individual development, family development, and family economics and management.

One Big Blue Family...

Family Sciences are similar to psychology and sociology in that the focus is on understanding and improving lives, but is less well known than those disciplines because it is a relatively new scientific perspective. The family science perspective is unique in its emphasis on the role intimate and family relations play in shaping human experiences. 

In the Family Sciences program, you may choose from among courses that focus on developmental theory, lifespan human development, family system dynamics, family intervention, family economics and management, consumer economics, and management of resources.

 

Careers

With a bachelor’s in Family Sciences, you’ll be prepared to help individuals and families through careers in many local, state, and national settings across public and private sectors. A degree in Family Sciences lays a solid foundation for career paths in education, social services, healthcare, law, therapy, extension, faith-based organizations and more.

 

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Courses You Will Take

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Family Sciences (BS) 120 - 121 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30 - 33

Fall Semester
14 - 17 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
Free Elective
1 - 3
SOC 101
3
SOC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

SOC 101

**UK Core - Social Sciences**

3 credit hours

Introduction to the concepts and methods of sociology. Topics shall include socialization; group processes, social inequalities; social institutions; and social change. This course or its equivalent Sociology courses. Students may not receive credit for both this course and RSO 102.

PHI 120
3
PHI 120 - THE ART OF THINKING: AN INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC

PHI 120

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 credit hours

A course which treats argumentation, syllogistic, and sentential logic. The focus will be on the use of formal methods in the construction and criticism of actual arguments, the aim being to inculcate standards of good reasoning, e.g., clarity, consistency and validity. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHI 320.

GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

How do farmers in Kentucky impact families in California? How can the fashion industry curb the amount of plastic in our oceans? How does fast food affect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico? Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a relationship with agriculture, food and the environment. From race and gender, diet and lifestyles, tourism and evolving technologies, this course encourages you to recognize and think critically about the interconnected systems that affect all human life. By addressing these challenges, you will develop a greater appreciation for how you can positively impact our planet.

Prereq: This course is open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment or those in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Residential College's Belle C. Gunn Living Learning Program. Freshman only in Fall semesters and transfer students only in Spring semesters.

UK 101
1 - 2
UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION

UK 101

1 - 2 credit hours

This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
PSY 100
4
PSY 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 100

**UK Core - Social Sciences**

4 credit hours

An introduction to the study of behavior covering theories, methods and findings of research in major areas of psychology. Topics covered will include the biological foundations of behavior; learning, perception, motivation, personality; developmental, abnormal, and social behavior; and methods of assessment. This course is a prerequisite to a significant number of courses in this and related areas of study. Lecture, three hours; laboratory/discussion, two hours.

DHN 101
3
DHN 101 - HUMAN NUTRITION AND WELLNESS

DHN 101

3 credit hours

Food composition, digestion, absorption and metabolism as related to selection of nutrients essential for human life, growth, reproduction, lactation, wellness and physical activity. Not open to NFS majors except hospitality management students.

UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 31

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
STA 210
3
STA 210 - MAKING SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL REASONING

STA 210

**UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason**

3 credit hours

The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.

Prereq: Any course in the new Quantitative Foundations area of General Education beginning Spring 2012.

FAM 254
3
FAM 254 - LIFE COURSE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

FAM 254

3 credit hours

An introduction to the basic principles of human development through the life course of the individual from conception to death, common life transitions, and social change shape people’s lives from birth to death. Roles of family, school, peers, and work will also be examined in relation to human development. Emphasis will be placed on the general theories of human development and their relation to the life course.

FAM 253
3
FAM 253 - HUMAN SEXUALITY: DEVELOPMENT, BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES

FAM 253

3 credit hours

An introductory survey of human sexuality including gender, love and intimacy, sexual expression and variation, sexual orientation, contraception, pregnancy and birth, sexually transmitted infections, sexual coercion, and sex in society. FAM 253 is a University Studies Program Course.

Prereq: Three hours in social or behavioral science.

Professional Support
3
ECO 201
3
ECO 201 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I

ECO 201

3 credit hours

The study of the allocation of scarce resources from the viewpoint of individual economic units. Topics include household and firm behavior, competitive pricing of goods and resources, and monopoly power.

Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
FAM 251
3
FAM 251 - PERSONAL AND FAMILY FINANCE

FAM 251

3 credit hours

Management of personal and family financial resources throughout the lifespan. A study of individual and family finances as related to planning, credit, savings, investment, insurance, taxes, housing costs, transportation costs, retirement and estate planning.

COM 252
3
COM 252 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

COM 252

3 credit hours

This course examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts. Course also requires participation in written, oral, and visual communication activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Topics may include: perspective- taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication.

FAM 360
3
FAM 360 - INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY INTERVENTION: WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS

FAM 360

FAM 357, FAM 360 and FAM 390 will complete the GCCR

3 credit hours

Survey course to introduce students to the various skills, strategies and professional ethical standards used by family scientists in helping relationships. The emphasis will be on learning the skills required to provide support for families and individuals. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

Prereq: Declared majors or minors in FAM or declared majors in CEF. FAM 251 is a prerequisite for FAM majors and minors. CEF 251 is a prerequisite for CEF majors.

UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
Free Elective
4

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 28 - 30

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
FAM 352
3
FAM 352 - ISSUES IN FAMILY SCIENCES

FAM 352

3 credit hours

The scientific study of the family with a special emphasis on Family Systems Theory. Current research and theory as it applies to Family Systems will be explored. Topics covered will include other important historical and contemporary theories related to family structure and processes, historical trends in marriage and family life, gender role theory, sexual intimacy, friendship and love, parenthood, communication and conflict, managing economic resources, divorce and remarriage, human abuse, adult child interactions, family roles and strengths. Students will analyze contemporary family issues and take informed, written positions on those issues. This course meets the required Family Systems content for the Child Life Certification.

Prereq: FAM 254 or an equivalent human life span course with the approval of the instructor.

FAM 402
3
FAM 402 - ISSUES IN FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

FAM 402

3 credit hours

Examination of family economics and management issues and analysis of their impact on the well-being of families across the major transitions of the family life-cycle. Particular emphasis will be given to family decision-making.

Prereq: FAM 251 and declared majors and minors in Department of Family Sciences, or with consent of instructor.

Professional Support
3
Upper Level Elective
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Spring Semester
13 - 15 Credit Hours
FAM 390
3
FAM 390 - INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

FAM 390

FAM 357, FAM 360 and FAM 390 will complete the GCCR

3 credit hours

An introduction to research design, methodology, instrumentation, and data analysis with emphasis on a student’s ability to understand and critique research in the content areas of consumer economics, personal finance, human development, and family relations. This course provides partial credit for the written component of GCCR in conjunction with FAM 360 and CEF 403 or FAM 357.

Prereq: Declared majors or minors in Family Sciences; STA 210; CIS/WRD 110; CIS/WRD 111; and sophomore standing.

FAM 354 or FAM 544
3
Professional Support
3
Professional Support
3
Free Elective
1 - 3

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 27

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
FAM 357
3
FAM 357 - ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

FAM 357

FAM 357, FAM 360 and FAM 390 will complete the GCCR

3 credit hours

This course conducts an in-depth analysis of adolescent development and adjustments using an ecological, multi-contextual framework. The primary focus is on scholarship and empirical evidence from a number of disciplines that have direct bearing on the study of adolescent development, with a particular interest in applying a cross- cultural/national comparative lens. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

Prereq: Declared majors or minors in Dept. of Family Sciences, CTED or consent of the instructor.

Professional Support
3
Professional Support
3
Upper Level Elective
3
Upper Level Elective
3
Spring Semester
12 Credit Hours
Professional Support
3
FAM 499
3
FAM 499 - INTERNSHIP IN FAMILY SCIENCE

FAM 499

3 credit hours

Supervised internship and capstone course for seniors in a community, educational, Cooperative Extension, and/or research setting. Emphasis on observation, teaching, conceptualizing research problems, and developing competencies in providing service at the individual, family and/or community level. Students will be required to assist in designing, implementing, and evaluating research and programs related to family life. Presentations, research papers, outside speakers, and career guidance will be significant course components along with the laboratory hours. Lecture, two hours bi-weekly; laboratory, eight hours weekly. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Prereq: FAM 251, FAM 352 and FAM 360, junior or senior standing. Family Sciences majors only.

Upper Level Elective
3
Upper Level Elective
3

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Apply for Our Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of awards from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With one of the largest college-based scholarship programs, we have awarded more than $3 million over the past four years. These awards are based on a variety of criteria such as hometown, major, career goals, high school extracurriculars, and more. 

The deadline to apply is December 1 for first-semester freshmen and January 31 for current students and transfer students. For more information, click here

Miss the deadline? Need more funding? Browse other local, state, and national scholarships in our online college scholarship library

Living Learning Program

Named after UK's first female graduate, Belle C. Gunn, this first-year program is open to all University of Kentucky freshmen.  We seek students who, like Gunn, have passion and determination.  Through field trips, professional development workshops, and service programs, we apply student passions to global issues at the intersection of food, economics, and environment.  All students in this program will also enroll in connected courses, share study groups, and have an assigned peer mentor - all to help with the transition to college life. 

While all students will enjoy the same benefits, some events and projects will be geared toward students' preferences and career goals. Depending on interests, each student will join one of the following tracks: 

  • Food & Health 
  • Family & Community 
  • Nature & Landscapes 
  • Livestock & Equine 

All students participating in our living learning program will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of UK's newest residence halls.  To apply, select the "Agriculture, Food and Environment" living learning program while completing the housing application. For more information, visit the University of Kentucky Housing website

 

 

 

International Opportunities

Should you choose, you can gain international experience while earning credit towards your degree. We offer a variety of study, research, intern, and service abroad programs for all budgets and comfort levels. Some students have even earned grants and scholarships to fully fund their international experiences.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

These programs are designed to broaden your mind and introduce you to unfamiliar ways of thinking and living. Ultimately, these experiences will make you a more competitive applicant in the global workforce. 

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Pre-Med? Pre-Vet? Pre-Law?

Each year, many of our graduates attend professional schools in areas such as veterinary medicine, law, pharmacy, dentistry, and more. If you are interested in pursuing a similar path, we offer pre-professional advising services. 

Our pre-professional advisors will assist you with: 

  • Listing required courses for respective professional schools 
  • Scheduling pre-professional courses alongside your major requirements 
  • Suggesting supplemental coursework 
  • Connections to student organizations, volunteer work, shadowing experiences, etc.
  • Preparatory information for admission tests
  • Navigating the application process

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Clubs & Organizations

Students can join organizations and clubs to learn outside the classroom, gain valuable work experience and develop their leadership skills. Many of our students are involved in:

UK American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 
for those interested in promoting their own professional development and forming lasting friendships 

Students Advocating for Family Efficiency (SAFE)
encourages and supports students in their development as professionals in family sciences

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U)
national honor society, to promote the professional and intellectual development in family sciences professions

Learn more about Clubs & Organizations in our college.


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