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Human Services Family Studies

The human services family studies concentration (49 credits) is designed to expose and engage students in a variety of topics related to family function, family structure and family dynamics. Family studies is a multidisciplinary area. It is informed by sociological, historical, anthropological, psychological and other emerging perspectives. Students learn that families are shaped by and adapt to a range of economic, political, cultural and psychological factors. A human services major with a focus in family studies appeals to those students considering working with families as their primary client group in either the public or private human service arena. The primary concern of the program is the social health of all families as well as interventions and policies for serving families.

The family studies course work is also available for those students who want to understand and contextualize their own family experience.

Declaring Your Major

To declare your major, you must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.


Required Core Courses (20 credits)

Practicum (5 credits)

Experiential learning experience is an essential component of the human services degree program. Thus, every student is required to complete a practicum experience.

Human Services Degree Requirements

The degree programs consist of a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 credits in human services, of which 40 credits must be upper division Metropolitan State University course work or competency demonstration. The degree programs have the following components:

  • General education and liberal studies (including general psychology and introduction to sociology as prerequisites before or as you begin your major program coursework)
  • A background check
  • Required human services core courses (20 credits)
  • Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
  • A practicum in human services organization(s)
  • Minor program courses (if desired); and
  • Other electives

Human Services Family Studies Requirements (24 credits)

In addition to the prerequisites, core courses and practicum, this concentration requires the following.

Recommended Elective Courses (16 credits)