Family Studies Concentration

The well-being of individuals and families is a national and global concern, and the family as a focus for study in higher education has increased in significance. Family studies is an integrative field that synthesizes knowledge from liberal arts disciplines, particularly economics, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.

The concentration in family studies is designed to enable students to learn about families in both theory and practice; it is a course of study that can enhance student learning in any major. The concentration is intended to help prepare students entering careers with families, including marriage, family therapy, education and ministry or family practice in law, medicine, nursing, social work or public policy. Students who intend to go directly to graduate school should also consider enrollment in a Statistics  course, and a Research Methods course in Social Work, Psychology or Sociology/Anthropology.

Planning a Family Studies concentration:

Talk with a faculty member about course decisions and planning. email, call, or stop by for an appointment.

  • Courses suggested for family studies often meet General Education requirements
  • Introductory social science courses are recommended preparation
  • FS 232: Introduction to Family Studies is the first course, and is available fall semester each year; this course is not open to first year students
  • A family studies concentration can complement any major, including CIS
  • Study abroad opportunities fit nicely with a family studies concentration
  • Graduates with courses on families are prepared for graduate study in social work, marriage and family therapy, family social science, seminary, law and other fields
Family Studies Faculty members are:

Mary Carlsen, MSW, LISW extension 3136

Susie Smalling, MSW, PhD extension 3350


Deb Clark AAA extension 3945

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