General Studies

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services awards the Bachelor of General Studies degree (BGS) in the following program.

Children and Families BGS

The Children and Families Program is a Bachelor of General Studies degree. This  program is a four-year degree program without elementary teaching certification, designed for students who wish to pursue careers in child care centers, teaching and administration, social service agencies or in other work with children and families. The 2+2 Children and Families BGS Program is designed to combine selected two-year community college associate degree programs with two years of coursework at the UM-Dearborn. The associate degrees eligible for this program must be covered by articulation agreements between the community college and the UM-Dearborn, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, or are accepted with permission of the Children and Families academic advisor.

UM-Dearborn students may be admitted to the Children and Families Program with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Coursework at Community College

Credits earned to complete designated community college associate degrees will be accepted for the UM-Dearborn BGS degree as lower-division credit (up to a maximum of 62 hours). Courses not applied toward meeting BGS distribution requirements or program prerequisites will be utilized as elective courses or general credit toward the Children and Families BGS degree. (Examples of the variety of community college associate degrees that could be appropriate for this 2+2 program are: Early Childhood Education and Care, and Family Support Services.)

Courses to be taken at UM-Dearborn

Students must complete Composition 227 (at UM-Dearborn).

Students must complete at least 48 hours in courses numbered 300 or above, of which at least 21 hours must be in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Courses must be distributed such that three areas of focus are developed, including: 1) Child Studies (Area I); 2) Behavioral Studies (Area II); and 3) an Elective area (Area III) to be chosen by the student with advisor approval. A minimum of 27 upper-level hours must be in Child Studies (Area I) and 9 upper-level hours in Behavioral Studies (Area II) must be earned at UM-Dearborn.

The remaining coursework at UM-Dearborn (to total the required 58-60) will be elected from either lower- or upper-division courses. These can be used to complete core requirements, to meet specific prerequisites, or to meet requirements and strengthen background in the Child Studies area.

To complete the program, students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, 2.5 in Child Studies (Area I) and 2.5 in Behavioral Studies (Area II), and at least a 2.5 in the Elective area (Area III). A total of 120 credit hours is necessary to graduate.

Areas of Study

The student will elect courses in three areas of study, as follows:

Area I Child Studies 31-40 hrs
Area II Behavioral Science 18 hrs
Area III Elective Area 12+ hrs

Elective Area selected with advisor approval from:1

Comp. Info. Science
Education2 (highly recommended)
Health Policy Studies
Natural Science
Political Science

Social Studies
Women’s Studies

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Core Course Requirements for Children and Families BGS

COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 106Writing & Rhetoric II3
EXPS 250Elem Ed Vis & Perf Arts3
LIBR 465Literature for Children3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 200Understanding Society3
NSCI 120Matter, Energy, and Life I4
NSCI 121Matter, Energy, and Life II4
MATH 385Math for Elemen Teachers I3
EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
Total Credit Hours32

Child Studies (Area I)

2.5 GPA required, 27 hours at 300+ at UM-Dearborn required.

Required Courses
EDC 240Psych of Child Development 13
EDC 241Psych: Child Devel Practicum 21
EDC 414Early Child Ed Special Needs3
EDD 406Teach Strategies Early Child3
EDD 410Practicum in Early Child Ed1
EDD 412Seminar in Early Childhood Ed2
EDD 411Directed Tchg: Early Childhood 3,44
or EDD 418 Children and Families Intern
EDC 442EC: Fam/Sch/Comm Collaboration3
EDC 445Develop Assess of Young Child3
EDA 419Early Literacy/Language Devel3
EDB 422Lead,Advoc, Admin Early Ch Prg3
EDF 450Hlth, Nutr, & PE/Clsrm Tchrs2
Select courses from the following: 54-11
Social Devl/Pos Guidnce Techn
Constructivist Education
Cog/Memory Dev in Children
Intervention Strat EC Spec Ed
Inquiry-based Math and Science
Multicult in School and Soc
Total Credit Hours35-42

Behavioral Studies (Area II)

2.5 GPA required, 9 hours 300+ at UM-Dearborn required

Required Course
Transfer students must take:
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 440The Child: Birth to Three3
One of the following is required unless a lower-division transfer course is approved by an academic advisor:3
The Family
Marriage and Family Problems
At least one course from each of the following three disciplines is required:9
Introduction to Anthropology
World Cultures
Body Image and Culture
Anth of Health and Environment
Human Evolution
Education and Culture
Life-Span Developmental Psych
Personality Development
Social Psychology
Psychology of Prejudice
Psyc of Interpersonal Relation
Psychology of Language
Parent-Child Relations
Gender Roles
Cognitive Development
Child Psychopathology
Personality Theory
Learning and Memory
Contemporary Social Problems
Poverty and Inequality
Social Psychology
Minority Groups
American Social Classes
Urban Sociology
Gender Roles
The Family
Marriage and Family Problems
Family Violence
Mental Health and the Law
Health Care and the Law
Family, Aging and the Law
Sociology of Education
Social Work Internship
Additional courses may be used with the approval of the Early Childhood advisor.
Total Credit Hours18

Electives (Area III)

Select from the following list with approval of advisor.  Community College Childcare courses transfer here.

Education (highly recommended)
Health Policy Studies
Natural Science
Political Science
Social Studies
Women’s Studies

Note: Course numbers and offerings may have changed; please consult your faculty advisor regarding updated course numbers.