The human services family studies concentration 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 working to earn a Human Services Family Studies degree 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 jobs working with families as their primary client group in either the public or private human services arenas. The primary concern of the human services family studies program is the social health of all families, as well as interventions and policies for serving families. The family studies coursework is also available for those students who want to understand and contextualize their own family experience.