Are you wondering if Family Studies is the right choice for you given your interests and goals? Good questions! Here are a few things that might help you decide (also be sure to look under the “Major Requirements” tab for even more insights):
First, Family Studies is likely a good choice if you are a student who would answer “yes” to all or some of the following questions:
In so many ways, when you study family from an interdisciplinary perspective, you are learning about what it means to be human and in relationship to others in a diverse, challenging world.
Second, if you are interested in a major that will provide a host of transferrable professional and personal skills, Family Studies is a great choice. As an interdisciplinary program situated at the hear of the College of Arts and Sciences, the skills we offer students are both high in demand in professional settings where understanding family-systems thinking is paramount, but also transferrable to many other contexts and careers where analytic and critical thinking skills are essential. In essence, Family Studies reflects an ideal liberal arts education, providing a broad base of knowledge and enhancing critical thinking/analytic skills across many areas of study.
Specifically, the work of family professionals demands, and those who would study family as part of a major at St. Thomas would acquire skillsets including but not limited to the following:
(Adapted from East Carolina University’s Department of Family and Community Services, with permission of ECU department chair Sharon Ballard)