Bachelor of science in family social science
Family science – the study of families and interpersonal relationships
If you're looking for a major where you can make a difference and create change, Family Social Science is where you belong. FSoS draws from multiple disciplines such as human development, sociology, and psychology. Professors see you as a whole person, are interested in what you have to say, and are committed to your success. You'll be prepared for a variety of career paths in a tight-knit supportive department.
A bachelor’s degree in family social science will prepare you to understand how diverse families, couples, and individuals develop throughout their lives, and the impact that social policies and systems have on them. Our undergraduate major and minors integrate well with other programs so you can design a unique path that works for you.
You will build skills to explore scientific findings, translate and apply research, and implement evidence-based practices that enhance the lives of families, couples, and individuals. Our focus on social justice and reducing disparities – racial, financial, and social – will prepare you for a fulfilling career.
Offering small class sizes and individualized attention, the classroom experience will be enhanced with community-based and career-focused experiential learning or internships to apply new knowledge and practice new skills in a supportive real-world environment.
Why study family social science?
You will have:
- A broad and nuanced understanding of families and communities and how they function
- The research knowledge and experience to work across diverse family systems
- Writing skills to communicate clearly with diverse audiences
- The capability to analyze ideas, concepts, and data
- 180+ hours of relevant work experience
- A competitive resume for the job market and/or graduate school applications
- The support of faculty and staff who will help you recognize your assets and connect you with communities
Our faculty are renowned researchers, inspiring mentors, and committed teachers who are focused on your success. Learn more about them in our faculty profile book [PDF].
Please e-mail Kirsten Collins, senior undergraduate advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What can you do with a degree in FSoS?
A Bachelor's in family social science will prepare you for a career as a program provider, trainer, or researcher in family studies, family community engagement, family therapy, or family financial counseling. Half of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in family science, couple and family therapy, or human development, as well as related programs such as social work, public health, or nursing.