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Developing an expansive understanding of human development, relationship dynamics and the science and practice of family life education is the cornerstone of Spring Arbor University's program. Through this unique curriculum, students can refine their skills as they learn the ins and outs of assessment and analysis of human dynamics as well as skills in communication, interviewing and problem solving.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Family Life Education is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws from various disciplines such as psychology, education, sociology, communications, law and public policy, economics, theology, and home management. It provides an understanding of human development, family systems, and interpersonal relationships. Graduates will be equipped to provide instruction and guidance to others in the subjects of marriage, parenting, family dynamics, and human relations. This program will also equip graduates to build healthy marriages and families in their own personal lives.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The department's mission is to provide integrative educational programs and conduct research focused on reciprocal relationships among individuals, families, and their near environment toward the goal of improving the quality of life within a dynamic world community.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) at WMU is part of the College of Education and Human Development. CECP offers two doctoral programs, one in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) and one in Counselor Education (CACREP Accredited. The Counselor Education doctoral program emphasizes preparation for academic leaders and supervisors/trainers. The CECP department also offers four other options at the master's level: Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education options in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or College Counseling, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) and Rehabilitation Counseling. The department has a longstanding tradition of training mental health services professionals. The department recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society, and strives to increase the educational opportunities of diverse student populations and to create an atmosphere where the values and concerns of diverse populations receive attention and respect. Issues of diversity are integrated into courses throughout the curriculum, as well as developed more fully through special topics courses.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) area includes 24 faculty positions, 18 of which are tenured and tenure-track, serving over 2,000 majors and minors.  We offer academic programs in Child Development, Early Childhood Development and Learning (including teacher certification), Family Studies, and  Gerontology.  Our Family Studies and Child Development majors complete field work early on in their academic training with a semester internship that completes their professional sequence. The Gerontology program is offered as a minor that pairs well with most majors or as a master's level certification. 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Family Life Education courses are housed in the MA Religious Education Program in the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education. The program is designed for pastors, spouses, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church as well as the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats. Core courses include content in teaching, theology, research, and leadership in addition to the ten National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) content areas for family life. The courses are based on content areas that have been endorsed by the NCFR and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP). Specific courses are approved and applicable to the certification processes of these professional organizations. The program is a 48 credit course. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a portfolio summarizing their synthesis and application of family life content. Prerequisites include a Bachelor's Degree.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Psychology department offers three options for undergraduate students who wish to major in psychology in addition to a common core of courses required of all majors. The General Psychology and Industrial/Organizational majors are intended for those students who pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree, and this sequence of courses is designed to provide a broad background in psychology and a very strong foundation for graduate study or employment in other fields. The Developmental Psychology major is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in such fields as child care, child welfare, family relations, parent education, and programs for older people. Through practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a group, e.g. children, adolescents, or the elderly. Developmental Psychology majors completing the Approved Program in Family Life Education earn provisional certification from NCFR upon graduation.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Human Development and Family Studies fosters an understanding of human development and interpersonal relationships through a multidisciplinary and ecological lens, inclusive of biological, psychological, sociological, socio-cultural, and international perspectives. The program recognizes and addresses the central role of diversity and interdependence among families and communities in the process of human development, and promotes basic and applied research, as well as practice, in the service of individuals, families, and society.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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A Concordia Family Life student will graduate with the academic and practical training to develop and implement programming that equips and supports healthy relationships for marriage and the family. This course of study is designed to prepare men and women to serve in the church and the community as a Certified Family Life Educator. The Family Life program prepares students for the following careers: Position in the church as a DFLM. (Director of Family Life Ministry; an entry level position in the human services field; a Child Life Specialist sho works in a hospital; prepares students for entrance into a master's program in family life, psychology, sociology, and or counseling. The program meets the academic standards for program certification by the National Council on Family Relations, a professional organization for multidisciplinary family professionals. Graduates will be immediately eligible to receive the Certified Family Life Educator credential, which is nationally recognized from NCFR.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Sociology develops professional sociologists who are creative researchers, scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

Within the theme of global transformations, MSU's Department of Sociology offers five areas of specialization. Most faculty and student research, teaching, and service focus on one or more of the following areas: Community and Urban; Environment; Family; Health and Medicine; and Migration.

Community and Urban

Faculty in community and urban studies explore new social theory and develop empirical research on groups living, working, and communicating across geographical boundaries, including cities, suburbs, and rural areas, as well as electronic communities and other spaces. The MSU sociology department is unique for its focus on deindustrialized "legacy" urban environments and rural communities of Michigan and the Great Lakes States, and for its international focus on globalization/world cities and development issues (in African, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Further, there are strong linkages between community and urban development and environment, agriculture and food systems.

Environment

Interpreting the biophysical environment broadly to comprise ecological systems and processes, food and agricultural systems, and non-human animals, MSU has the largest group of US sociologists studying human-environment interactions. MSU sociologists engaged in scholarship on the environment focus on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, climate change, agriculture and food systems, animal studies, and water resources. We also examine the social psychology of environmental concern, public opinion, political economy, and the role of institutions in shaping human-environment interactions. A core group of MSU faculty studies how science and technology mediate the relationship between humans and the environment, especially regarding the perception, management, and change of environmental phenomena. In addition, many MSU faculty regularly engage in interdisciplinary research projects.

Family

Since the emergence of the discipline, sociologists have recognized the family as a core social institution, necessary for the maintenance and reproduction of social order. MSU sociologists investigate familial dynamics from a range of theoretical perspectives, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods with data at multiple scales of social interaction (e.g., interpersonal, local, regional, national, and global). Specifically, family sociologists at MSU have a sustained focus on understanding the factors influencing the well-being and development of individuals and families over their life course, by focusing on issues such as physical and mental health, fertility, educational attainment, work and occupations, racialization, retirement, intergenerational transfer, and caregiving. Our faculty's research findings have appeared in national media, such as The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, and ABC News.

Health and Medicine

 

Faculty and students active in the sociology department's Health and Medicine program study the social context of health, illness, and health care, with a central focus on health disparities by race/ethnicity, social class, gender, and marital status; political, economic, and environmental circumstances that threaten health; and societal forces that impact the health care system. Faculty members often collaborate with scholars across MSU's College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Communication Arts and Sciences. In recent years, research projects of affiliated faculty have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare, and United States Department of Agriculture.

Migration

More than 215 million people (3% of the world population) live outside their country of origin, a number projected to double by 2050. Close to 1 billion people (13% of world population) have crossed administrative geo-boundaries at least once. Migration involves the transference of ideologies, identities, religion, political, and other social, economic, and cultural traits and practices. The MSU Department of Sociology is a recognized center of expertise and excellence in research, teaching and outreach on migration, transnationalism and diaspora. MSU Department of Sociology faculty critically examines not only the forces behind human movement, but also the diversity of the populations involved and the impact that they have in sending and receiving communities. MSU migration scholars apply the full range of sociological methods, from visual sociology and cultural studies, to historical analysis, ethnography, demography, and census analysis and survey research. Faculty research on migration has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the Social Science Research Council, and various Foundations and has been reported in national and international media.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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In 1963 the Behavioral Sciences Department at Andrews University offered its first degree programs in general behavioral sciences, psychology and sociology. Since that time, we have expanded the original offers to include multiple emphases, additional degree areas on the undergraduate level and a graduate degree. The Department averages a total of 80-100 majors per year, making us one of the largest departments at Andrews University. The behavioral sciences are concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave, both as individuals and in social, spiritual and cultural settings. The Departments main areas of study at the Bachelor's degree level include opportunities to major in general behavioral sciences, family studies, health psychology, general and pre-professional psychology, sociology. We also offer minors in each of the above areas plus a minor in anthropology, archeology and geography. In addition, we offer a Master of Science in Community and International Development. 

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The program area of Educational Psychology offers a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Psychology program emphasizes training in personal and interpersonal practice with individuals, children, couples, and families. The program prepares students to work with children and families within a recovery orientation to improve personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span. The Master of Arts program offers a thorough preparation in individual assessment and four core areas of psychology such as psychopathology, psychological assessment, human development, and evidence-based theoretical approaches to conduct psychotherapy with individuals, children, couples, and families. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work as mental health providers in community and private settings, primary care settings, and employee assistance programs.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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