Family Science and Services

This program is offered in-person, online, and hybrid.

The family science and human development: family science and services major 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 major provides skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. This major 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 of the major are eligible to be granted provisional status as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations.

There is no minor required. Students must successfully complete the WMU Essential Studies requirements.

Why family studies at Western Michigan University?


A semester-long internship, along with ongoing professional exploration and development, will enhance your understanding of current issues and practices, help you gain valuable work experience, and grow your professional network and resume.

90% of 2020-21 WMU family science and human development graduates were employed in their field within three months of graduation.

All required FSHD core courses are available online. Students can also take the majority of FSHD classes for any concentration in-person. (FCS 1030, FCS 2190, and FCS 4295 are only offered online.) 

    Accelerated Graduate Degree Program

Qualifying students can accumulate up to 12 credit hours toward the Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences while enrolled as undergraduates in the Family Science and Human Development concentrations. Designated 5000- and 6000-level courses are counted in both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Learn more

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Video of Field Trip to Eastside Youth Strong with Child and Family Development intern Carly

WMU has made a huge impact on my life. I fell in love with not only the campus, but also the faculty. WMU is home.

- Carly Smith, current student

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Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences