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Program Description

The discipline of Family Studies examines the interactions and social forces that contribute to healthy functioning families and romantic relationships. We study how individuals develop across the lifespan from infancy to older adulthood and the challenges they face along the way. We also look at how larger societal factors such as economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and ethnicity all influence families and romantic relationships. Topics such as substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, gender equality, gay rights, and disabilities are also explored within the context of development and families.

Unique Features

  • Southeast’s Family Studies program is an accredited Certified Family Life Educator program. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) ensures that our program includes coursework which follows the standards and criteria for students to become Provisional Certified Family Life Educators. For more information, visit the NCFR website: 
  • Students can customize their program of study based on personal career interests.

Admissions Requirements

Standard University admission requirements apply to this degree.

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Big Brothers/Sisters Program
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Councils on Aging
  • Crisis Center
  • Day Care Facility
  • Department of Family Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Gerontology Agencies/Firms
  • Headstart Family Services
  • Retirement Homes / Assisted Living Facilities
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Non-profit organizations ie. United Way
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Programs


Costs at Southeast