Baylor University
Family & Consumer Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences


CFS Course Descriptions

1104 Professional Perspectives

Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences as a field of study, historic development, interdisciplinary nature, integrative perspectives; formulation of individual plans for education and career; overview of professional opportunities within business, education, research, and service agencies. (1-0)

1231 Principles of Art and Design

The study of art principles as they apply to various fields of family and consumer sciences. (2-0)

1300 Apparel in Today's Society

Cultural, social, psychological, and economic aspects of clothing across the lifespan; emphasis on expression and use of clothing in relation to self, society, and culture. (3-0)

1311 Apparel Production and Evaluation

Principles of clothing construction and evaluation techniques; pattern selection, alteration, fitting, coordinating fabrics and component parts by application of ready-to-wear techniques. (1-4) (Fee)

2351 Nutrition

A study of elements in food essential for optimum health, quality diets, fad diets, and computer analysis of diets. (3-0)

2380 Introduction to Food Delivery Systems

Prerequisite(s): FCS 1301, 2351, or consent of instructor.

Introduction to meal service in the setting of the home, institutions, child care, and restaurants. Management of meal planning, preparation, and service. Emphasis on equipment usage and maintenance and time, money, and nutrient management. (2-2) (Fee)

3204 Introduction to Research in FCS

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher.

Research methods, experimental procedures, writing and reporting data within the various areas of FCS. The format of the course includes a combination of lecture and discussion, writing assignments, literature review, and/ or oral presentations.

3350 Individual and Family Financial Management

Study of individual and family financial decisions, planning and management. (3-0)

4340 Resource Management

Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.

Emphasis on a systems approach to time, energy and resource management. Strategies for maximizing management influences on individual and family welfare. Designed to include occupational competencies and analyze career and job opportunities. (3-0)

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Child and Family Studies Courses

*1315 Individual and Family Development

A study of individual development, interpersonal and intra-family relationships, and development of the family throughout the life cycle. (3-0)

*2355 Child Development

A study of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development during childhood and adolescence One hour each week working with children in a community setting is requires. (3-0) (Fee)

3324 Children and Families with Special Needs

3325 Child Health Programs

*3356 Family Development

A study of the societal changes which affect families over the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on effective communication and knowledgeable choices regarding marriage, parenting divorce, family crises and aging. (3-0)

3357 The Preschool Child

Prerequisite(s): FCS 2355 or consent of instructor.

A study of the social relationships and adjustments of the young child in group situations. This course includes two hours each week of supervised participation and the planning and implementation of curriculum in a community based setting. (3-0) (Fee).

FCS 3358 Infant and Toddler Development

The developmental sequence, prenatal to three years. Emphasis is placed on the relationship and interactive process between infants, toddlers, and their primary care givers in family and group situations. Two hours each week working with infants/toddlers in community center required. (3-0) (Fee).

3362 Child Life Theory and Practice

Prerequisite(s): FCS 2355 and upper level standing or consent of instructor.

Historical and theoretical perspective on development of child life field and information on fundamental skills required to help children and families cope with the stress of a health care experience.

4356 The Family: A Global Perspective

Families around the world: functions, roles, responsibilities, environmental influences, and interactions with other societal institutions.

4357 Child and Family Policy and Advocacy

Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing or consent of instructor

Exploration of the reciprocal influences between children and families and all branches of government, including public/private sectors at local, state, and federal levels. Emphasis is placed on models, skills, and approaches necessary to advocate for and influence policy. (3-0).

*4358 Planning and Administration of Programs in Child and Family Studies

Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing or consent of instructor.

Planning and administration of programs in child and family settings. Experience in developing, using, and evaluating methods and materials appropriate for the organizations and agencies that work to meet the needs of children and families. (3-0)

*4359 Parenting

Prerequisite (s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.

Factors to consider in becoming a parent, child-rearing practices, diverse parenting situations, and parent-child communication. (3-0)

4363 Adolescent Development

Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.

The psychosocial, social-emotional and cognitive language development of adolescents.

4364 Child and Family Ministry

Prerequisite (s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.

Biblical framework, contemporary issues, models, skills, and approaches of child and family ministry, covering faith based settings. (3-0)

*4390 Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences

Prerequisite(s): FCS 2355, 3356, 4359 and approval of instructor.

Requires one hundred fifty clock hours of experience in an agency serving children/families, plus one hour weekly seminar. May be repeated once in different setting.

*Required courses for all Child and Family Studies majors (2010 catalog-present)