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Degree Requirements for the Child, Adolescent & Family Studies B.A.

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies Program (CAFS) at California State University, Bakersfield offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The CAFS major focuses on the biological, cognitive, psychological, and sociological foundations of child behavior and development. Individuals majoring in the CAFS program are interested in working first hand with children and their families.

To complete the major in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies, students must take the Pre-Requisite and Core Courses, as well as a minimum of 9 units each from three of the four program areas. Students must complete the capstone senior seminar and declare an approved minor (20 units). All CAFS majors must earn a C- or better in each of their major courses to receive credit.

Pre-Requisite Courses (7 units)

CAFS 110 Advising in the CAFS Program (2)
CAFS 200 Introduction to Child, Adolescent and Family Development (5)
(NOTE: Math 140 is a Pre-Requisite for CAFS 400)

Core Courses (13 units)

CAFS 400 Introduction to Research Methods (5)
CAFS 410 Research, Assessment and Evaluation of Children and Families (5)
CAFS 490 Senior Seminar (3)

Four Program Areas (24 units)

A minimum of 19 units must be from upper division courses (those numbered 300 or 400) in the program areas.

Area A: Developmental Theory (Required Area)

CAFS 311 Infant/Toddler Development (5)
CAFS 312 Child Development in the School Years (5)
CAFS 313 Adolescent Development (5)

Area B: Practicum/Fieldwork

CAFS 210 Observation of Children (2) or EDEL 240 (2)
CAFS 220 Curriculum, Procedures, Materials and Laboratory Experiences for the Young Child (5)
CAFS 230 Curriculum, Procedures, Materials and Laboratory Experiences in the Elementary School Setting (5)
CAFS 350 Child Guidance, Supervision and Support (5)
CAFS 414 Advanced Practicum (2)
CAFS 440 Advanced Practicum in Adult Education and Supervision (2)

Area C: Socio/Cultural Influences on Development

CAFS 208 Child, Family and Community (4)
CAFS 280 Multicultural Children’s Literature (5)
CAFS 320 Indiv/Family Non-Western Cultures (5)
CAFS 360 Parenting and Family Relations (5)
CAFS 430 School, Community and Family Collaborations (5)

Area D: Programs and Program Development for Children and Families

CAFS 240 Introduction to Administration of Child and Family Programs (5)
CAFS 250 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition (5)
CAFS 420 Advanced Techniques for Working in Child and Family (4)

Concentration Outline - General Track

Concentration Outline - Fast Track



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