College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Family Services Major

A major in Family Services prepares students for a wide variety of careers in agency, community or business
settings within the human services field. Students gain knowledge of individual and family development and
learn preventive methods and intervention strategies needed to work with individuals and families. Numerous
students also pursue graduate degrees in a wide range of programs. Students take classes in such areas as:

  • Early Intervention Methods
  • Family Law
  • Family Life Education
  • Family and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Policy
  • Family Resource Management
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Parenting
  • Research Methods

Career Opportunities

  • Family Service Agencies
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Family Violence Prevention Programs
  • Child Abuse Prevention Programs
  • Family Life/Parent Education Programs
  • Child and Adolescent Treatment Facilities
  • Senior Activity Programs
  • Family Planning Agencies
  • Youth Service Agencies
  • Residential Treatment Facilities


Major Admission Requirements: A minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA and departmental approval is required for declaration of this major. A student can declare the major by visiting the School of Applied Human Sciences main office (235 Latham) or by meeting with one of the faculty members in the area.

Course and Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain at least a 2.4 GPA and have departmental approval in order to register for FAM SERV 4178 (Family Life Education), FAM SERV 4190 (Professional Practice), FAM SERV 4195 (Internship), and to graduate. Students must achieve a minimum of C in all courses required for the major.