Family, Youth and Community Sciences

major

This social science major prepares students to address predictable human developmental changes, unpredictable events such as natural disasters, and persistent problems such as poverty and nutrition. Family, Youth and Community Sciences students study sociology, psychology, and economics as well as advanced topics in youth, family, and community development.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The mission of the Family, Youth and Community Sciences Department is to enhance lifelong learning and the personal, social, economic, and environmental well-being of diverse individuals, families, and communities through state-of-the art extension, research, and teaching programs.
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352.392.2201

P.O. Box 110310
3041 MCCARTY D
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0310
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 Curriculum

This interdisciplinary applied social science program provides the general and technical education necessary for graduates to enter careers in human services, including public, private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. This includes family life education, youth development, human services, community development and extension education. Students receive the training needed to understand and help youth, families and communities by taking foundation courses in sociology, psychology and economics as well as advanced courses in youth, family and community development.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all critical-tracking courses, 3000/4000-level core courses and specialization elective, which must be at the 3000/4000-level. A 2.5 GPA in the core courses is required for graduation.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding lab, with minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs, with minimum grades of C
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding lab, with minimum grade of C
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs, with minimum grades of C
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 Area of Specialization/Minor course
  • Maintain GPA required for all Specialization/Minor courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA Required
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 Area of Specialization/Minor course
  • Maintain GPA required for all Specialization/Minor courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA Required

Semester 8

  • Completed all remaining FYC major required courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA Required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
BSC 2005
2005L
Biological Sciences
and Laboratory in Biological Sciences (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Elective 3
 Credits13
Semester Two
Select one: 3-4
Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)  
Precalculus Algebra (State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)  
Basic College Algebra (State Core Gen Ed Mathematics)  
SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Electives 6
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
 Credits15-16
Semester Three
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You (Critical Tracking)  
Principles of Microeconomics (Critical Tracking)  
Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
AEC 3030C
Effective Oral Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
3
PSY 2012 General Psychology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Gen Ed Composition 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits15-16
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 3
Select one: 3
Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Writing Requirement)  
Technical Writing  
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Electives 4
 Credits13
Semester Five
FYC 3001 Principles of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Select one: 3
Parenting and Family Development  
Marriage and Family (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity)  
FYC 3201 Foundations of Youth Development 3
FYC 4622 Planning and Evaluating Family, Youth and Community Science Programs 3
Minor or Specialization (Critical Tracking) 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community 3
FYC 3112
Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions
or Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions
3
FYC 4801 Applied Social Research Methods 4
FYC course (Critical Tracking) 3
 Credits13
Summer After Semester Six
FYC course (Critical Tracking) 3
Minor or Specialization (Critical Tracking) 3
 Credits6
Semester Seven
Select one: 3
Contemporary Family Problems and Interventions  
Contemporary Youth Problems and Solutions  
Urban and Rural America in Transition  
FYC 4931 Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Professional Development 3
FYC course (Critical Tracking) 3
Specialization elective (3000/4000 level; Critical Tracking) 3
Minor or Specialization Critical Tracking) 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
FYC 4941 Practicum in Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3
FYC course (Critical Tracking) 3
Specialization elective (Critical Tracking) 3
Minor or Specialization (Critical Tracking) 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Specialization electives must be at the 3000/4000 level and students must attain minimum grades of C.


This major takes an interdisciplinary approach to the applied social sciences and prepares students for a career in professions that strengthen families, children, youth and communities. Students' knowledge and skills will be developed through foundation courses in sociology, psychology and economics; through advanced courses in family, youth and community development; and through specialized courses in prevention and intervention. Students will be able to evaluate strategies, integrate knowledge of ethical standards and use professional skills for handling contemporary problems.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an exam on fundamental concepts given as part of FYC 4931.
  • Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty committee.
  • Complete a final project in FYC 4931, including a written report and oral presentation.
  • Complete the practicum course FYC 4941 with performance evaluations completed by agency supervisors.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply the guiding framework of human ecology and other related theories to contribute to positive outcomes for diverse families, youth and communities at home and abroad.
  2. Apply strategies for prevention and intervention in contemporary family, youth and community problems and issues.

Critical Thinking

  1. Apply current research findings relevant to families, youth and communities.
  2. Integrate professional skills, ethical standards and knowledge needed to participate in and to provide leadership in civic and professional life.

Communication

  1. Create, interpret and analyze written text, oral messages and multimedia presentations used in agricultural and life sciences and in family, youth and community sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
AEC 3030C I
AEC 3033C I
FYC 3001 I I I
FYC 3101 or SYG 2403 I R I R
FYC 3112 R R R A
FYC 3201 I I I R
FYC 3401 I I I R
FYC 4126 R R
FYC 4212 R R R A
FYC 4622 A R R
FYC 4801 R A R
FYC 4931 A
FYC 4941 A R

Assessment Types

  • Final paper
  • Project
  • Presentation