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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Child & Family Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is an interdisciplinary degree that allows you to select 3 areas or emphases and develop a contract of courses with the departments of your choice. A final capstone project is required, which brings together the 3 areas of emphases.

An emphasis in child and family studies provides you with knowledge of family relations and child growth and development.

Why Choose a BIS?

  • Individualized academic program
  • Education in multiple disciplines, expanding your career prospects
  • Knowledge to work with families and children in your career

What You Will Learn

You will acquire a respect for diversity and the ability to create environments that enhance the lives and healthy development of children, adults and families over the life span.
Addressing the holistic needs of children and their families, the curriculum provides you with a thorough understanding of family relations, child growth and development, interpersonal relations, resource management and family finance.


For a child and family studies emphasis, a minimum of 18 credit hours are required (CHF 1500 & CHF 2400 required). Two courses must be upper division (3000 level or higher).

Course Requirements


If you're interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in child and family studies, contact WSU’s BIS office for more information or to schedule an appointment. The BIS coordinator will help you plan a course of study to meet your goals. 

Courses in Child & Family Studies must be approved by Dr. Alex Collopy BIS program advisor for CHF.


Beth Thompson

BIS Advisor
Beth Thompson
Library 326

Darcy Gregg

BIS Program Advisor for CHF
Darcy Gregg



Revised 01-02-24