School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Family science is a professional area of study focusing on the family. The underlying assumption of the profession is that the family is one of the most enduring of all social institutions and a basic unit in society. The more effective the family unit is in meeting the needs and goals of its members, the more society benefits from socially and emotionally healthy and productive citizens.
The program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including family services and youth programs, family life and parent education programs, business and government agencies, and leadership roles in church, school, and community. The program offers students a strong foundation for graduate work. Graduates of the program are eligible to receive provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).
The Anderson University Family Science program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations. The program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including family services and youth programs, family life and parent education programs, business and government agencies, and leadership roles in church, school, and community. The program offers students a strong foundation for graduate work. Graduates of the program are eligible to receive provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Full certification is available when alums complete sufficient work experience after graduation.
A flexible degree that can be earned entirely online, entirely in-classroom, or a combination of the two.
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in as little as three years or an Associate's degree in as little as two. Complete your degree online or in-person.
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Why Choose AU for Family Science?
Anderson University’s family science program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors for successfully navigating through the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Students benefit from an academic program that is challenging yet offered in a supportive, mentoring environment. In addition, students study under an academically prepared faculty with a wealth of experience in their respective fields and highly committed to applying a Christian perspective to academic and social issues to help students achieve their academic and career goals.
Students pursue work-related experiences through internships, practicums, volunteering, and some paid summer work with diverse populations and social agencies locally, nationally, and internationally. Students may also obtain leadership experience in the local chapter of the Family Science Student Association. One of the most attractive features of this field of study is the dual benefit it affords. The knowledge students obtain during their course of study not only prepares them for a career but is also directly applicable to improving the quality of their own personal lives by gaining skills to deal with many of the issues confronting all people in daily living.
Complete the major in a 3-year or 4-year academic path to graduation.
The family science minor provides a foundation in family science.
What courses will I take?
- Family in Global and Diverse Context
- Family Law and Public Policy
- Developmental Psychology
- Dynamics of Marital Interaction
What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?
- Case Management Counselors
- Child and Protective Services Worker
- Parent Educator
- Youth Counselor