Family Studies Major Minor Family Studies Major Minor

Family Studies
Major, Minor*

Program Overview

Some of the hardest things we do in life happen at home. Raising children. Relating to a spouse. Coping with financial pressures. Dealing with substance abuse. In CMU's family studies program, you'll build the skills to help others confront these challenges and many others.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 24 - 39

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Change somebody's life for the better.

That's what our family studies major prepares you to do.

As a graduate of this hands-on program, you will help families and individuals rebuild their skills and improve their quality of life. You'll become an expert in:

  • Advocacy.
  • Community programming and evaluation.
  • Family policy.
  • Educational intervention.

We combine in-depth discussions of theory and research with first-hand application of what you've learned. A required internship gives you the chance to step into the real world before graduation.

You can even study abroad, where you can experience other cultures, communities, and family units as part of a class.

Graduates go on to work in the field or pursue further education. With proper training, our alums find careers in marriage and family therapy, counseling, social work, law, public policy, family research, and college instruction.

*Minor available online

Program Highlights

As a student in the family studies program, you'll become part of a close-knit department that gives you the experience you need to launch your career.

  • CMU students have completed internships at Make-A-Wish Michigan, adoption agencies, and other child and family-oriented organizations.
  • Build your network and gain experience by joining one of several student groups, including the Family Relations Council, Connections that Count, and more.
  • You can graduate with professional credentials. Family studies majors can become Certified Family Life Educators through the National Council on Family Relations.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates of CMU’s family studies program find jobs in community and government agencies. They serve children, families and the aging.

Career Projected Salary
Case Worker $50,390
Substance Abuse Counselor $48,520
Child/Family/School/General Social Worker $50,820
Marriage and Family Therapists $56,570
Social Worker $55,350
Family Sciences Educator $76,440

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