The Family Studies major offers a foundational training and equipping for service to children, families, and individuals. Students will study the theories, contexts, and conceptual frameworks used to understand the dynamics of family interaction and involvement that maintain and strengthen home and family as the fundamental unit of society. Particular emphasis is given to the dynamics of power, decision-making, and communication as family service professionals directly serve individuals and families, as well as advocate on behalf of families and serve communities who have opportunity to support and empower families.

Upon completion of a degree in Family Studies, students can apply for Certified Family Life Educator status from the National Council on Family Relations.

Dr. Josh Fish
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This degree does not include any concentrations.


Courses may include:

  • Internal Family Dynamics
  • Holistic Sexuality
  • Interpersonal and Family Relationships
  • Family Law and Public Policy

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates often pursue careers in both public and private arenas, community and government agencies, school systems, or nonprofit organizations. This major also prepares students for graduate training in mental health and social service fields, including the graduate counseling program at Johnson University. With appropriate graduate education, potential career options include marriage and family therapy, sex therapy, social work, family research, and/or college instruction.