I am the family consumer science teacher at Portage Northern Middle School.
Meet Karen: Family studies (B.S.'08)
"There's so much involvement and so many things to do at WMU. It was the perfect fit and I felt like the instructors were phenomenal."
Family studies at WMU
The family science and human development: family studies concentration prepares students to use preventative and educational approaches in a variety of settings to strengthen individual and family well-being across the lifespan. Students explore relationships among individuals, families and their environment and culture with the goal of improving quality of life within communities and society at large.
The concentration provides skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. This concentration centers on family dynamics; the interrelationship of families and society; human growth and development throughout the lifespan; parent education; human sexuality; family resource management; the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; impacts of cultural and historical contexts on individual, families, and societies; and how to teach and /or develop effective curriculum.
Graduates with the Family Studies concentration are eligible to be granted provisional status as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations.