Understanding the Family
Bachelor of Sciences in Family Studies
What is Family Studies?
Family Studies is a discipline that focuses on families, the challenges they face, and how to help them meet those challenges, and improve their quality of life.
As a discipline, Family Studies is based on social sciences, which means you will take courses in research design, data analysis, and theory. This scientific background will help you understand how research, theory, and practice are related, and how you can apply this information to your work
with families. You will also take courses in:
- Family Resource Management—how families manage time, energy, money, space, and helping them to manage these resources better.
- Human Growth and Development—changes and milestones that people go through as they age from womb to tomb; knowing what to expect as people
get older allows us to help them prepare for such changes.
- Family Policy—developing policies and programs to help families with issues such as child care, child abuse, aging, and then analyzing how these policies and programs impact families.
- Family/Parent Education—preparation, presentation, and evaluation of educational programs designed to enhance quality of life for families and parents.
- Social Services—Youth development programs - including Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs, Adoption Agencies, Foster Care Programs, Teen
Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator, Family Preservation Specialist
- Health Care and Family Wellness—Public Health Programs, Hospital Family Support Professionals, Child Life Specialist
- Family and Career Services—Employee Assistance Program Specialist, Childcare Administrator, Family Financial Planner
Did you Know?
CNN Money rated the Family Studies major as, "the top major you never heard of that could get you a job when you graduate with a bachelor's degree."
The Family Studies program at The W prepares students to become a provisional Certified Life Educator (CFLE) upon graduation. Provisional certification requires content knowledge in each of the ten family life content areas. Full certification is available when sufficient work experience hours
in the field have been completed.
For more information on CFLE: http://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification/what-family-life-education.