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State OKs Child and Family Studies Major

Keuka College received approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer a major in child and family studies (CFS) beginning in the 2013 fall semester.

Like CFS programs at other colleges and universities, Keuka’s will be interdisciplinary in nature, which makes it a perfect match with the College’s curriculum, according to Professor of Psychology Drew Arnold.

“Given our strong sequence of developmental psychology courses, as well as existing courses in sociology, social work, education, and criminology/criminal justice, Keuka is well positioned to offer a strong, comprehensive major in CFS,” he said.

Those courses, plus others that focus on contemporary family and family development issues, provide a program that “is comparable to, or exceeds, the range and quality of courses offered in other CFS programs,” said Arnold.

The curriculum is just one reason why CFS is “a natural fit” for Keuka, according to Arnold, who added that faculty expertise is “strong” in this area, particularly among those who teach developmental psychology.

Students who earn a bachelor’s degree in CFS from Keuka will be prepared to pursue careers in child protection services, human services, parent education and training, and daycare.

“They will also be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in CFS and thus have the opportunity for careers in counseling, family therapy, child therapy, and research,” explained Arnold.

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