A family studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary academic experience focusing on families in contemporary society. The major offers training in the scientific methods used to understand family behavior and development. Students learn to analyze the quality of family life through applied research and acquire both written and oral communication skills across the family science curriculum. Courses like Family Policy and Advocacy, Contemporary Issues in the Family, and Parent-Child Relations all contribute to an understanding of the family across the lifespan.
A concentration in Child Life allows family studies students to tailor their program to prepare them for work as a certified child life specialist or family life educator.
The family ministry track is great for students who want to work in faith-based institutions or organizations. It is also appropriate for those students studying families who feel called to attend seminary or go on the missions field.
The marriage and family concentration is our most broad and will provide a background for students interested in family issues and resolutions. This is the best choice for those students wishing to pursue marriage and family therapy.