​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

As a family studies major, you’ll apply the knowledge of theory and research to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. With a focus on positive outcomes and the holistic health of the family, you’ll develop expertise in advocacy, community programming and evaluation, family policy, and educational intervention. Upon completion of your major, you can apply for Certified Family Life Educator status from the National Council on Family Relations. CMU’s family studies graduates find jobs in community and government agencies, including those serving families and the aging.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU offers the only intergenerational partnership program, Bridges Together, in Michigan. This program works to enhance relationships and dispel stereotypes among children, adults over 55 and educators through an academic and social collaboration.

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
College instructor$68,970 per year19% (236,400 more jobs)
Social/community service manager$59,970 per year21% (27,700 more jobs)
Counselor$53,610 per year12% (31,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the family studies website or contact:

Department of Human Environmental Studies
EHS Building 228
Email: hevdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3218

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Family Studies Major

This major is designed for students who either plan to enter the human services field upon graduating from CMU, or attend graduate school for advanced education. The program prepares students for careers working in human service settings to help individuals and families build life skills using prevention- and intervention-based educational programs. With appropriate graduate education, potential career options include: marriage and family therapy, sexual therapy, family research and/or college instruction. The Family Studies program is accredited by the National Council on Family Relations and graduates are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). Child Development Majors desiring the CFLE certification should consult with their advisor. Students who take the Family Studies major cannot minor in Family Studies or double major in Child Development. Students may only double count 9 credits when combining the Family Studies Major with the Child Development Minor.
Total: 39 Semester hours
Core Courses
(9 hours)
Core HDFS
HDF 100
Lifespan Development
3
HDF 211
Marriage and Close Relationships
3
HDF 307
Parent-Child Relations
3
Required Courses I
(9 hours)
Family Studies Content
HDF 213/WGS 213
Introduction to Human Sexuality
3
HDF 411
Families in Social, Legal, & Political Contexts
3
HDF 418
Family Development in Late Life
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Family Studies Content Select one of the following:
HDF 214QR
Consumer Economics
3
HDF 315
Family Management Theory
3
Required Courses III
(12 hours)
Professional Skills and Methods
HDF 219
Field Work
3
HDF 319
Family Studies Skills and Methods
3
HDF 414
Human Development and Family Studies Research Methods
3
HDF 419
HDFS Internship
1-12
Electives
(6 hours)
Select additional hours from the following list:
Note: You may select only one of HSC 519 OR REL 334.
COM 562
Family Communication
3
HDF 110
Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States
3
HDF 212
Families in Cultural Perspective
3
HDF 247
Introduction to Gerontology
3
HDF 302
Infant and Toddler Development
3
HDF 306
Adolescent Development
3
HDF 320
HDFS International Service Learning
3-6
HDF 413
Facilitating Discussion in Human Sexuality Groups
3
HDF 511
Seminar in Human Sexuality
3
HDF 513
Readings in the Family
3
HDF 517
Readings in Marital Counseling and Divorce
3
HSC 519
Death Education and Suicide Prevention
3
HSC 523
AIDS Education
1
HSC 524
Workshop on Health Fitness
2
HSC 525
Sexually Transmitted Disease Workshop
1
HSC 526
Behavioral Health
3
HSC 527
Sex Education Workshop
1
HSC 528
Smoking and Health Education Workshop
1
HSC 529
Alcohol Education Workshop
1
HSC 530
Drug Abuse Workshop
1
REL 334
Death and Dying
3
SWK 100
Introduction to Social Work
3