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Family Science and Human Development – Family Services

The Family Services concentration prepares students for jobs in fields such as counseling, youth programming, elder care, consumer protectin, wellness and healthcare, gerontology, social service agencies, community-based organizations, government, and public policy.

While combining research and theory with application, the Family Services concentration places a strong emphasis on strengthening the health and well-being of families and people across the life course. Students examine various cultural, community, and socioeconomic contexts in which families and people live, work, and play, and how these contexts influence their lives.

Students gain practical, hands-on knowledge through a field experience early in their programs, and an internship at a human services organization or community agency during their senior year.

National Certification Available for Students in the Family Services Concentration

The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential – the nationally recognized standard in this field – is provided by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and we are an approved CFLE program. With careful planning with our advising team, primarily through the selection of specific elective courses, this concentration makes students eligible to apply for provisional certification without having to take the national CFLE exam. For more information, contact Dr. Soyoung Lee at

Program Requirements