Southeast’s Family Studies program is strongly focused on integrating theory, research, and practice. It encompasses a wide range of family structures, dynamics and functions with an emphasis upon the development of interpersonal skills and professional practice. The Family Studies program prepares students for a variety of positions in social service, government, and education that focus on families or family members at all stages of the life continuum.
Southeast’s Family Studies program operates three state-licensed centers: Hoover Center (senior adults), University School for Young Children, and the Horizon Enrichment Center (developmentally disabled young adults). As a Family Studies student, you will be trained in these centers to work with a wide variety of populations and have the opportunity to work part-time or volunteer in these centers.
You will be offered “real world” experiences in the Family Studies program through placement in agencies and programs serving young children and parents, pregnant teens, senior adults, low-income families and the community.
Southeast’s Family Studies program is an accredited Certified Family Life Educator program. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) oversees that our program includes coursework which follows the standards and criteria needed for students to become Provisional Certified Family Life Educators. For more information visit the NCFR website. http://www.ncfr.org/
Human Environmental Studies with the Family Studies option (B.S.) 50 hours (Minor required)
This option provides you with the skills to work in human services careers, including occupations related to designing and providing individual and family services at local, state and national levels.
Family Economics and Management (15 hours) - This minor will enable you to develop competencies for working directly with families and individuals, as well as agencies and businesses that impact directly on the individual and family. This minor will provide a specialized background that is compatible with careers in:
Family Studies (17 hours) - This minor will appeal to students who wish to professionally relate to families such as in the field of education, government, architecture, medicine, nursing, home economics, religion, recreation, social work, law, psychology, counseling, journalism and business.
Students are required to complete an internship for course credit. A faculty coordinator works with the agency and the student to achieve a valuable learning experience.
Family Study students have held internships at agencies and programs serving young children and parents, pregnant teens, senior adults, low-income families and the community, including:
Potential Careers and Job Titles include:
Some Employer Examples include:
The family studies program also provides a strong educational foundation for the pursuit of graduate degrees in:
For more career opportunities in Family Studies visit the NCFR website.