Why Family Studies

Family Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which students and faculty examine the nature of family systems and family issues, dynamics and relationships in society as well as the micro-dynamics of family interaction. Not only does the family influence individual development and happiness, but as a microcosm of society, family both shapes and is shaped by the larger interdependent social, political, cultural and economic landscape.

An understanding of all forces influencing families over time is essential for a thorough understanding of the human experience. As such, a major and minor in family studies is beneficial to all students, and supports work in a variety of fields, including public policy, law, human resources, health promotion, social work, teaching, child and youth development, therapy, parent education, counseling, medicine, ministry, journalism, business and many other fields/career paths.