Multiple program formats
Extensive career opportunities
The family studies major is an interdisciplinary program for students who desire positions in public or private human service organizations or programs related to children, families and individuals. Recent graduates hold positions with Healthy Families, Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Senior Services; in state government; and as family court workers, substance abuse assessment specialists, preschool staff, and volunteer and activity directors.
This is not a teachable major. Information for students seeking a teaching certification should see Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies.
There are three ways to complete classes in this major:
You may attend all classes at the main campus
You may complete all classes online
You may complete classes through a mix of online and on-campus methods
To learn more about this option, please visit Extended University Programs.
Transfer students interested in face-to-face or hybrid:
For more information or to schedule an advising appointment contact Robin Gallagher.
All students interested in completing their degree online:
For more information or to schedule an advising appointment contact Kimberly Doudna, Ph.D.. Skype appointments available upon request.
Recent graduates have found work in positions as:
- Activities Directors—Senior Residential Communities
- Extension Children, Youth and Family Agents
- Family Educators
- Family Service Field Associates
- Family Specialists, Even Start
- Juvenile Court Workers
- Parent Involvement Specialists
- Scout/Youth Organization Executives
- Residential Services Coordinator
This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations and graduates may choose to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). This certification enhances employment opportunities and verifies professional credibility for educators who work with families.
For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the family studies major.
- Blaisure, Karen
- Chen, Jou-Chen
- Dickey, Bryce
- Doudna, Kimberly
- Duncan Lane, Crystal
- Gallagher, Robin
- Gullón-Rivera, Ángel
- Millar, Robin
- Peake, Marcy
The Professional Experience Program allows students to extend their academic work with on-the-job training in child care, human service and nonprofit organizations. The program is supervised by WMU faculty in cooperation with management personnel in the field. Students independently locate sites that fit with their long-term career goals.