Coursework Required for a Diploma in Christian Family Studies

Thirty-six semester hours of coursework as follows:

BUS 223 Personal and Family Finance (3 SCH)

COMM 260 Public Speaking (3 SCH)
EDUC 345 Child Growth and Development (3 SCH)
EDUC 346 Teaching in the Christian Home (3 SCH)
ENGL 111 Written Expression (3 SCH)
ENGL 112 Argument-Based Literary Research (3 SCH)
HPRO 114 Health and Wellness (3 SCH)
NUTR 207 Introductory Nutrition (3 SCH)
THL 200 Principles of Christian Living (3 SCH)

THL 327 Working with Christian Youth (3 SCH)
THL 342 Christian Marriage and Family (3 SCH)
and either THL 344 Christian Women (3 SCH) or THL 345 Christian Men (3 SCH)

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.

Program Purpose

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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

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.

Program Advisement

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.