Family and human services professionals impact individuals, families and communities.
Family and human services majors gain valuable experience working in the community.
Above, a student interacts with a child at her internship site, Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Students have access to a variety of internship opportunities, like the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School, where students can provide equine therapy to individuals with disabilities.
The family and human services major provides students withknowledge of the factors that influences human behavior and the skills needed to provide
services to a variety of individuals. Students will learn how to help individuals utilizetheir capabilities and reach their optimal level of functioning.
Family and human services majors may specialize in one of the following areas:
The human services track prepares students for work that addresses issues impacting families
across the lifespan.
Students interested in serving families through agency administration, legal and public
policy, case management or direct service may choose this track.
Services to Children and Youth
Students interested in working with children outside of a classroom setting may choose
the services to children and youth track.
This track gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on
issues impacting children, youth and families. Students may go on to work in a clinical
setting, social services or other community settings.
Introduction to Child Life
The introduction to child life track equips students interested in a career as a Certified
Child Life Specialist. Child life promotes effective coping in children and families
who are undergoing stressful medical experiences.
The leadership in the nonprofit sector track is an interdisciplinary option that prepares
students to work in leadership and administration of human service agencies. Students in this track are required to minor in business administration in order to also gain a secure business
and leadership foundation.
Capstone experiences are integral to student success. In FMST 490 Family and Human
Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education, students synthesize the knowledge
and community experiences acquired during their academic career, culminating their
experience in the family studies and human services major.
Family Life Educator Certification
The family and human services major prepares students for provisional certification
as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). Certification can be achieved through completion
of two years of family life work experience following graduation. The CFLE credential
is administered through the National Council on Family Relations.
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Small classes taught by experienced faculty give students the opportunity to interact with instructors and fellow classmates.
Students build a portfolio of practical experience that complements coursework through
internships and field placements at leading social service agencies, health care organizations, schools, and government
entities. Choose your internship site from a list of more than 75 agencies in the