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Family Studies Major

What is Family Studies?

The Family Studies major examines the diversity of families and the wide range of needs in today's society. Students develop a knowledge base and skills set to work with people affected by social problems and changing family situations. Our Family Studies degree graduates are equipped for a senior-year internship and future employment working with a variety of clients experiencing the effects of divorce/remarriage, abuse, poverty, substance abuse and grief issues.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Sociology - Applied Family Studies degree?

Students are prepared for careers as:

  • Adoption and Foster Care Coordinators
  • Case Managers
  • Life Skills Instructors
  • Outreach Directors
  • Services Coordinators
  • Community Consultants and Planners
  • Adult and Child Protection Advocates
  • After School Program Coordinators
  • Domestic Violence Workers

What makes Walsh's Family Studies program unique?

Family Studies majors benefit from a liberal arts core curriculum, interactive learning environment and small classes with substantial student-professor contact. Service learning is also a critical component of education. Students partner with numerous organizations throughout the region where they work side by side with those in needs to help solve problems or tackle important issues affecting our society.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

In addition to the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences core Sociology courses, major-related courses include:

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Family Systems
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Addictions
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Critical Issues in Adult Development

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with the Family Studies major?

In their Senior year, Family Studies majors intern in settings such as non-profit health organizations, elder care agencies, minority services, family services, adoption and foster care agencies and more.

Who can I contact for more information?

Dr. Penny Bove, Chair of Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(330) 490-7257