Family Studies

Family Studies

Howard Payne University - Brownwood, TX

  • BS

The B.A. and B.S. in Family Studies focuses on the development of individual, couple, and family wellness across the lifespan. Particular attention is given to the interactions among individuals, families, communities, and cultures. The Family Studies degree is designed to prepare students for (a) professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including by not limited to, child and family services, community mental health, consumer affairs, county and state extension, child life specialists, family life and parents education, marriage education and enrichment, youth services, and gerontological services; (b) leadership roles in church, school, and community; (c) effective functioning in marital and family roles; and (d) graduate education in counseling and family related fields. The curriculum for the undergraduate major in Family Studies follows the Certifies Family Life Educator guidelines established by the National Council on Family Relations. Students will take a series of courses in each of the eleven Family Life Substance areas identified by NCFR. Graduates of the family studies program will have met all of the standards and criteria needed for Provisional Certification as a Family Life Educator, a designation granted by the NCFR. Currently, the minimum requirements for becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) include a baccalaureate degree and two years’ experience as a family life educator if the degree is in a family-related field.

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