2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Support Studies - Associate in Arts Degree Transfer to Washington State University

Program Description Family Support Studies coursework provides education and training to students currently working or desiring to work with individuals and their families using family support practice and principles. This Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to the Washington State University’s Human Development program. This degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 91 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (15 credits)

*See General Education Requirements Notes

Communication Skills (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

Cultural Diversity Course List

___Cultural Diversity Requirement met 

Distribution Requirements (45 credits)

**See Distribution Requirements Notes

Humanities (minimum 15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use Humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems, and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Humanities Distribution Courses .

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (minimum 15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Courses .
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Social Sciences (minimum 15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use Social Science theories and methods to reason, communicate, apply insights, solve problems, and to develop a critical understanding of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Social Sciences Distribution Courses 

Career and College Success (3 credits)

OUTCOME:  Develop professional and academic skills and strategies for career and college success.

____Career and College Success Requirement met

Note: The Career and College Success course credits apply to General Electives in this degree and must be completed within the first two quarters. Students who transfer in with 30+ credits and a GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply for a waiver.

Program Requirements (26 credits)


  1. Apply the principles of family support and demonstrate best practices in human services, education, or prevention program settings.
  2. Demonstrate ability to effectively work with individuals using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, and ethical procedures.
  3. Identify local, regional, and state services that are available to families and individuals.
  4. Apply knowledge of community collaborations and identify barriers to services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills and techniques, including empowering others to become natural leaders in the community.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of family systems and governmental, social, and political systems that affect families.

Program Notes

The program code for this degree is LASFUAA. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • With this AA degree and all admission requirements, students will qualify for junior standing on acceptance into the program. WSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development on the Pullman and Vancouver campuses and through WSU Online. With this articulation, it is possible for students to earn a four-year degree in human development that recognizes the Family Support Studies courses as a minor concentration through access to Edmonds College and distance degree programs.
  • Admission Requirement to Washington State University’s Human Development Program All students who intend to transfer to WSU should talk with a university advisor to review specific admission requirements. Students must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average to be considered for admission to WSU. See WSU transfer courses equivalency guidelines.

*General Education Requirements Note

  • Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: WSU recommends MATH& 107, MATH& 146, or PHIL& 120 be taken for your Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning requirement.

**Distribution Requirements Notes: A maximum of 10 credits in any one department/discipline may be included in the 45 distribution credits.

  • Humanities: Complete one of the Communication Studies courses below and select 10 credits from at least two other departments within this distribution area. A maximum of five (5) credits in Performance/Skills courses and five (5) credits in foreign language may be applied.
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: At least 10 credits of Natural Science classes are required, five of which must be a laboratory science. WSU recommends NUTR& 101. (Laboratory science courses are marked with an asterisk on the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Course List.) Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy classes are not Natural Science classes. They are listed under Other Courses.
  • Social Sciences: WSU recommends PSYC& 100 and SOC& 101 be taken for the Social Sciences Distribution requirement.

The advisor for this program is: 
Krystal Nash | krystal.nash@edmonds.edu  | 425.640.1242

The faculty advisors for this program are:
Timothy Burdick | timothy.burdick@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1633 
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1981

Department websites: 
Social and Human Services | edmonds.edu/shs
Family Support Studies | edmonds.edu/fss

Associate in Arts General Information

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds College. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.  

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • Admission application deadlines vary, students must meet the deadline for the university or college to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  • Consultation with the appropriate department or an advisor at the intended transfer school is highly recommended.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 91
CIP - 240101
Last revised - 2022/07/05