Family Studies Concentration

The well-being of families is a national and global concern, and the study of rapidly changing families is multidisciplinary, evidence-based and relationship focused ( Many disciplines contribute to the understanding of families, so family studies is an integrative field that synthesizes knowledge from liberal arts disciplines, particularly biology, psychology, social work, sociology, and political science. The concentration in family studies is designed to enable students to learn about families in both theory and practice; it is a concentration that can enhance student knowledge and skills to complement virtually any major on campus.  The concentration is a plan of study that prepares students entering careers with families ranging from family therapy, education, or ministry to family practice in law, medicine, nursing, social work or public policy.

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  • Courses suggested for family studies often meet General Education requirements.
  • FS 132: Introduction to Family Studies is the first course, and is available each semester each year; this course is open to first year students.
  • An experiential component is required in the senior year.
  • Family studies concentration can complement any major, including CIS.
  • Study abroad opportunities fit nicely with a family studies concentration.

Family Studies Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

1.  The ability to locate, access, and apply interdisciplinary research on families.
2.  The ability to apply one or more family theories or frameworks to actual experience with families.

3.  The ability to integrate classroom and experiential learning.

 What can a Family Studies concentration do for you?

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Spring 2022 Family Studies Senior Seminar students gathered to celebrate their learning and accomplishments.