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Family & Child Studies Program

Family & Child Studies Program

Child and parent reading bookStudents who graduate with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Family & Child Studies (FCST) place a high value on the contributions they can make to helping others, and go on to professional careers that help families elevate their quality of life.

Those careers include staff positions with a wide variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies. Then, some students continue to graduate school where they earn degrees allowing them to become employed as marriage and family therapists/counselors. Still others apply and gain acceptance to law school, in the interest of becoming family law attorneys and, eventually, judges.

In addition to earning their degree, the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) bestows the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation upon each person completing the McNeese State University program and who applies. Only a limited number of universities in the nation, and very few in the region, have attained approval for this added national recognition.

All courses in the program are offered online which allows students optimal flexibility in completing the requirements for the degree. This often works especially well for non-traditional students who have job and family commitments, and therefore have difficulty attending classroom sessions during the regular work day. Instead of the traditional 15-week courses held on campus, FCST online courses are condensed into 7-week sessions during the Fall and Spring semesters (either offered in the first half, otherwise referenced as “Session A,” or in the second half, otherwise referenced as “Session B”), and a 6-week session in the Summer.

Areas of Professional Employment for SOCL/FCST Graduates
  • Family & Child Support Services
  • Non-Profit Organization Programs
  • Family Law Attorney (requires additional work beyond B.A.)
  • Family Political Advocacy
  • Adoption & Foster Care
  • Child Protective Services
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Disabilities Services
  • Early Childhood Special Needs Intervention
  • Elder Care & Assisted Living
  • Hospice Care
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Specialists
  • Marriage & Family Therapy (requires additional work beyond B.A.)
  • Healthcare Facilities’ Services to Families (e.g., Child Life Specialist)
  • Adolescent/Juvenile Justice Programs

For more information see the FCST Course Descriptions

Contact information:
Ilya Okhotniko
Family & Child Studies Program Coordinator

Telephone: 337-475-5689

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