Union University

Department of Sociology & Family Studies
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The mission of the Department is to provide students with a broad background in the study of society and human relationships from a Christian perspective, to enable them to enter graduate programs or entry level positions in their respective discipline. The Family Studies major focuses on the development of the individual in the context of family and society. The program is designed to prepare students for (a) professional careers in a variety of human service areas; (b) leadership roles in church, school, and community; (c) personal roles in family living; and (d) graduate education

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Naomi Larsen (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Family Studies
  • 35% Sociology
  • 15% Criminal Justice
  • 15% Human Studies
Campus Enrollment
2,919
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
United States

Phone Number
731-661-5390
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies
  • Sociology
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Relationships, Marriage, and Families
  • Social Gerontology
  • Families Acrosss Cultures
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Death & Dying
  • Research Methods
  • Strengthening Marriage & Families
  • Contemporary Issues in the Family
Undergrad Comments

Students graduating with the major who do not pursue graduate school seek employment as youth services workers, program directors, family life educators, and child life specialists, in public and private agencies dealing with family issues. Graduates with the major meet all requirements for the provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.