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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 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