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Youth and Family ScienceMajor

Looking for a career helping adolescents and families? This major prepares you for work in community agencies. Add a minor to customize your plan of study.


What is Youth and Family Science at WVU like?


The Youth and Family Science major focuses on the development of older children and adolescents, as well as family functioning, family relationships and family systems. The coursework for the Youth and Family Science degree matches the coursework outlined and suggested by the National Council on Family Relations, the professional association that oversees all family studies programs.

Students in this major are encouraged to also pursue a minor consistent with their career goals, such as women’s and gender studies, LGBTQ studies, gerontology, addiction studies or communication studies.

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Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Youth and Family Science major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Youth and Family Science at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Popular Courses

CDFS 110:
Families Across the Life Span

Explores the physical, psychological, and cognitive developmental changes of individuals who are functioning in family systems that change across the life-span.

CDFS 210:
Introduction to Parenting

Introduction of terminology, descriptions, and explanations of the parental role and parent-child interactions. Emphasis on social and personal definitions of the parental role and on the problems and changes in parent-child relationships.

CDFS 212:
Early Childhood Development

Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from conception to seven years with implications for guidance and care in practical settings.

CDFS 412:
Adolescent Development

The adolescent in contemporary American culture, including normative physical, social, and personality development; relationships within various typical social settings. (e.g., family, school, community, peer group.)

CDFS 414:
Adolescent Problems and Disorders

Focuses on non-normative aspects of adolescent development including social, behavior, emotional, and psychological problems. Prevention and intervention strategies are examined.

CDFS 415:
Family Interaction and Communication

The family as a social group; processes related to well-being for a variety of family relationships.

Cost and Aid

How much does Youth and Family Science at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Per Credit $1,115
Per Semester $13,380
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,760
Per Credit $1,115
Per Semester $13,680
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,360
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What are the requirements to apply for Youth and Family Science at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Youth and Family Science major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For direct admission to the Youth and Family Sciences program:
  • GPA: 2.50

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