To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Diploma in Christian Family Studies. This program of study normally requires two years to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the diploma over three or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.
The Christian Family Studies diploma program seeks to provide students with relevant, effective education and support encouraging an optimal environment for successful Christian marriage, parenting and family life. This program has a two-fold purpose: to equip students for successful Christian family life and to enable them to help others attain successful Christian marriage, parenting and family life.
On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:
- Develop a personal financial plan;
- Demonstrate mastery of the general education core competencies applicable to this diploma program;
- Identify and demonstrate knowledge of major areas of child growth and development and effective Christian parenting;
- Explain and demonstrate a basic knowledge of the issues and challenges in home schooling;
- Identify the components of a healthy diet and evaluate his or her own diet;
- Organize and coordinate a youth program in a local congregation of the Church;
- Identify and demonstrate a basic knowledge of practical Christian living;
- Explain examined theories related to marriage and family, summarize factors involved in mate selection and readiness for marriage, and articulate principles of establishing and maintaining healthy family relationships;
- Articulate and explain the principles relevant to the life, work, and success of the Christian woman or Christian men.
This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.
For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 36 semester credit hours consisting of with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 36 semester credit hours applicable to the diploma and a grade of C or better in ENGL 111 and 112. A student can not apply more than 15 semester credit hours to a diploma when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.
Each student entering the Diploma in Christian Family Studies program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.
Application for Graduation
For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation (Form 009) must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.