Family Life: Human Development
The School of Family Life requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. (This requirement includes taking at least 12 hours minimum of the human development core in residency at BYU.) These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
There are two tracks in the Human Development program: Human Development and Biological Foundations. The Biological Foundations track is designed to assist students who are heading to careers involving health and medicine.
Family Life: Family Studies
The School of Family Life requires a minimum of 18 hours of SFL upper-division course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation. Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate program beyond the bachelor's degree should take other courses that will enhance their employment opportunities. Consult a faculty advisor or your academic advisor for suggested minors, majors, and skills. Students are encouraged to take student development courses related to career planning in their junior or senior year.
There are two tracks in the Family Studies program: Family Studies and Family Services. The Family Services track is designed to assist students who are heading to human services careers, such as social work.
Family Life: Family and Consumer Sciences Education
At least 18 hours of major credit must be taken in residency at BYU.
For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.
Students must request to be added to the pre-teaching major initially. Upon completing some basic requirements, they will be eligible to apply for the teaching major.
Students must complete SFL 276R prior to applying for the teaching major.
For more information view
- the Course Catalog here
- the Major Academic Plan (MAP) here
- the Family and Consumer Sciences webpage here
Family Life Minor
This minor is intended for non-School of Family Life majors only.
The School of Family Life requires a minimum of nine hours to be taken in residence at BYU and from the School of Family Life for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
For more information view the Course Catalog here.
The Gerontology Minor requires 15 credit hours of undergraduate work. 12 of these credits must be core and elective courses from the Gerontology Minor curriculum. These courses double-count for this minor if they are also required by the student’s major or another minor. The remaining 3 credits must be either an internship experience off campus, or a mentored research project on campus. The internship or research project needs to focus on adults over 50 or issues relating to adults over 50.
For more information view the Course Catalog here.
Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) administers an internationally recognized credential - the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). BYU is one of over 130 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that offer degree programs that have been approved as meeting the criteria for the provisional CFLE credential. After completion of required coursework, graduating students may apply for provisional certification, which designation can be used in resumes and on business cards. After requisite work experience is accumulated, provisional CFLEs can apply for full CFLE status. Check out the links below.
The CFLE Application Checklist
This checklist contains the School of Family Life courses that are required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Students must complete all the course on the checklist in order to apply for the provisional CFLE.
CFLE Certification Page
Here's a link to "all things CFLE." Learn more about family life education and find specifics about CFLE and the certification process.
Get information about requirements and benefits, provisional and full certification. and watch a video about family life education and becoming a CFLE.
SFL CFLE Advisor
If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Stephen Duncan, CFLE Advisor, 2077 JFSB, 801-422-1796, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internships provide students with a capstone opportunity to integrate theory, research, and practice through actual field experience.
Who can do an internship?
Students who have junior or senior status; have completed SFL 101, SFL 160, SFL 210; completion or concurrent enrollment in at least 9 hours of SFL 300-400 level courses. You must have a minimum 2.30 cumulative grade point average and be in good honor code and academic standing at BYU.
How do I obtain an internship?
- Read this information about the academic requirements here.
- Identify a potential internship site. You are responsible for securing an internship but it must be approved in advance of the experience.
- Karen Christensen (Karen@byu.edu; 801-422-3697) in the Family and Social Services Internship office (http://fssinternships.byu.edu/) located at 945 KMBL can help identify potential internship sites that meet the requirements of the School of Family Life.
- You will be able to search the Internship database in her office for potential internship sites.
- Once you have secured a potential internship please click on the following link http://fssinternships.byu.edu/Application/application.aspx to start the approval process.
- You will be notified via e-mail when your internship is approved by the School of Family Life. Your e-mail will provide further instructions regarding what you need to do to receive university approval. This involves filling out an additional form.
- Finally, you will register for SFL 399R. The number of credits you sign up for will be based on the credit hours to number of work hours ratio. See Internship Academic Requirements page to review the credit to work hour requirements.
- Please Note: SFL 399R is an online class with coursework that you will complete in conjunction with your internship. You will be required to pay tuition for the number of credits you register for. Once you are registered and have Learning Suite access, you will be able to review the syllabus.
Why do an internship?
- It enhances your career opportunities and performance
- It can provide a potential job post-internship
- It benefits your own family
- It is a great learning experience
Can I get a grant?
Current undergraduate students who are declared majors in the School of Family Life (SFL) may apply for an internship grant. Individual grants are available each academic semester (Fall, Winter, and Spring-Summer) during 2018. For more information on applying for a grant click here.
Have an internship to offer?
Companies, non-profit organizations, and agencies that wish to have interns from the School of Family Life should contact Karen Christensen (801-422-3697 or email@example.com) for more information.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year. Check back February 2019 for the next application.
- Click on the link above to download the SFL Scholarship Application for 2018-19.
- We recommend that you write your essays using word processing software (not in the application). When your responses are exactly the way you want them, copy and paste them into the application.
- Once your application is complete, save a copy of the pdf using the save as option before trying to print. Be sure you rename the file.
- You MUST print your application in order to submit it.
- Submit applications in the SFL Office in 2086 JFSB.
- Applications need to be submitted by Friday, March 23, 2018 by 5:00 PM.
All applicants will be notified whether or not they were awarded a scholarship in May/June 2018.