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Hands-On Learning

Life on the Streets

Darrius White studies homelessness

EIU grad studies homelessness ... through real-life experience


Hands-on and Integrative Learning are key components to our curriculum. Hands-on learning allows our students to gain practical experience in their degree program, either through the classroom or through the required Internship, giving them an edge for employment after graduation

Learning by Teaching

Practicum Experiences in Child Development classes



Integrative Learning

Our dedication to Integrative Learning provides students with critical transferable skills that can be utilized in any chosen career path. We offer laboratory experiences, study abroad opportunities, and the Disney College Program experience, to name a few, to provide additional experience for our students beyond the classroom.  Other ways to set yourself above the rest is through our student organizations, undergraduate research opportunities, and campus and community service projects.

Disney College

Disney college program

As a student at EIU, you have a unique opportunity to make magic by participating on the Disney College Program. Read more...


Above the Rest

Our goal is to provide our students with experiences that will place them “above the rest” in the competitive job market.  We provide our students with the in-depth knowledge necessary in their specific Option area but also the additional skills necessary for the workplace.  Students are provided with additional opportunities to enhance the classroom experiences by joining student organizations, participating in undergraduate research, and volunteering for campus and community service projects, to name a few. Participation in any of these areas provides students with transferable skills that they may use in an interview to get the job and the skills necessary to keep the job.   

The Human Sciences Honor Society: Kappa Omicron Nu

Program flexibility

The Family Services option within FCS allows students a great deal of flexibility in coursework as well as in their career choices. The required coursework permits students to select elective courses that fit their interests and courses are offered on campus during the day and evening, on weekends, and online. Graduates within the Family Services option work in non-profit organizations, social service agencies, child advocacy, outreach programs, teaching, and other programs/agencies that offer services to individuals, families, and communities.