Family Studies (B.A.)

Department of Psychology and Counseling

The B.A. in Family Studies focuses on the development of individual, couple, and family wellness across the lifespan. Hence, particular attention will be given to the interactions among individuals, families, communities, and cultures. The program is designed to prepare students for (a) professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including but not limited to, child and family services, community mental health, consumer affairs, county and state extension, family life and parent education, and gerontology services; (b) leadership roles in church, school, and community; (c) effective functioning within families; and (d) graduate education.

Students majoring in family studies will take a series of courses that provide a foundation for understanding the complex issues related to the family. The family studies curriculum will cover the family life cycle, family stress and coping, family financial management, human development from infancy through late adulthood, marital and family interaction, parenting, issues related to gender and ethnicity, human sexuality, theoretical frameworks for studying families, and the relationship between the family and other social systems. In addition, courses in community and family services, family intervention, family ministry, research methods, and statistics will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet their academic and professional goals. Finally, each student majoring in family studies will participate in an off-campus practicum designed to facilitate professional growth and development.

CFLE-approved program discontinued effective 09/30/2023. CFLE coursework must be completed by 09/30/2023. Graduates may apply for CFLE through the CFLE-approved program process until 09/30/2025.

CFLE Approved
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Family Science / Studies / Relations / Ecology / Services
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Department Chair