Child and Family Studies-Nutrition and Food Studies BA

Exploring the Major— Students considering this concentration are encouraged to enroll in CFS 103, CFS 115, CFS 130, CFS 145, CFS 207 (also WGS), and CFS 221 during their first and second years, if possible. CFS 103 is offered most Fall Terms and CFS 115 most Spring Terms and should be taken at the first opportunity. CFS 300 can be taken during the second year.

Admission to the Major— Admission into the major requires the following: an overall GPA of 2.00; an average GPA of 2.3 in CFS classes completed at the time of declaration of major; a successful formal interview and positive recommendation by an assigned CFS faculty member assigned by the Department Chair; completion of a handwritten, well-constructed essay explaining why the student wants to become a CFS major; and a majority vote of acceptance by the CFS faculty. A student who has been formally accepted into another major at Berea and wants to transfer to a CFS major must make this request in writing to the Department Chair of the CFS Department. A student who is eligible for the declaration of major process, is currently enrolled in said student’s first CFS class, and is interested in pursuing a CFS major should contact the Department Chair of the CFS Department.

Course Sequencing Considerations (in order to complete degree requirements within eight terms)— CFS 130 and CFS 207 (also WGS) are prerequisites for upper-level courses and are offered every regular term. Upper-level courses sometimes are offered on a rotational basis, so early curricular planning is very important. In addition, students should also take CFS 103 and CFS 115 as early as possible in their program. Students, including those with a dual concentration, may use only one department-approved CFS 395/495 or 186/286/386/486 course to meet a concentration requirement.

Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Major— In addition to completing the core course requirements and specified courses within the area of concentration, each student must satisfy department standards for effectiveness in written and oral communication.

Other Considerations and Recommendations— Students are encouraged to obtain professionally-related work experience to enhance opportunities in post-baccalaureate education and future employment. These experiences, arranged in consultation with the faculty, may be obtained in part through field work associated with required courses and through Labor Program assignments, community service, Independent Studies, or Summer Internships.