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Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and Human Services BA - Child and Family Studies Concentration at UB?

Child and Family Studies is one of three concentrations in the Health and Human Services major. Each concentration examines the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, social problems, and the professions and professionals providing services. The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for each concentration.

The Health and Human Services – Child and Family Studies major is designed for students with an interest in child development, the social and educational institutions that influence children and families, and the treatments and interventions associated with childhood issues.

This concentration is an approved major for applying to UB’s Graduate School of Education, which can lead to N.Y.S. certification for pre-K – grade 6 education. Students who are interested in a career in teaching at the early childhood or childhood level (birth – 6th grade) should consult UB’s Teacher Education Programs for information about this career option.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human service intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills-e.g., interview, presentation, writing-necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent agencies and services, early childhood development, language development, educational research and practice, family structure/functions, and childhood interventions.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals.
Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture and small seminar course formats. Prerequisite courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40 to 250 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Child and Family Studies concentration is administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) located  203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students in Legal Studies take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as history, sociology, political science and English. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has one full-time clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments and career opportunities in health and human services.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students in the Health and Human Services major with a concentration in Child and Family Studies are prepared to work in private, nonprofit, and government agencies focused on meeting the social, educational, physical, mental health, and/or advocacy needs of children and their families. Recent graduates have reported employment in a wide range of organizations and positions.

Many students also choose to pursue graduate study, often in early childhood/elementary education, special education, social work, school psychology, or counseling.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. There is at least one advisor assigned to each major area. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

This degree does not lead directly to state certification for teaching at any level. Further information about teacher certification at UB can be obtained from the Office of Educator Preparation, Graduate School of Education, 375 Baldy Hall.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at (716) 645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Scholarships and Financial Support

With the help of its alumni donors, SSC has established a Study Abroad Award to encourage undergraduate students who are in one of the five SSC majors to pursue an opportunity to study abroad. The award is available for study abroad in fall, spring or summer semesters.

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:32