Family & Human Services Major

Family and human services professionals impact individuals, families and communities.

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In this major, you will gain the skills and knowledge to boost your understanding of people and the factors that influence human behavior. Learn the types of interventions that can help individuals reach the highest possible level of functioning and optimize their capabilities.


As a family and human services major, you will choose one of the following tracks:

Human Services Track

If you are interested in direct service to families and/or agency administration, this track prepares you to work in areas that address issues that impact families across the lifespan.


Services to Children and Youth Track

If you are interested in working with children, but not in a classroom setting, this track provides an opportunity to study children. Explore the perspectives through multiple disciplines to enrich an understanding of issues that impact family and society.

Introduction to Child Life Track

Child life promotes effective coping in children and their families who are undergoing stressful medical experiences. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist, this track allows to apply for the child life, administration and family collaboration (B.S. to M.S.) program in your junior year.

Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track

If you are interested in the leadership and administration of human service agencies, this interdisciplinary track requires a minor in business administration to provide you with a solid business and leadership foundation.

View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Capstone Course

Capstone experiences, while demanding, are linked to student success. In FMST 490 Family and Human Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education, you will integrate and synthesize the knowledge and community experiences you have acquired during your academic career. This course is the culminating experience for the major.

Family Life Educator Certification 

The family and human services major prepares you for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). You can become fully certified by completing 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 you a real opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.
  • You will build your portfolio as you gain practical experience that complements your 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 Baltimore region.
  • Join the Towson University Student Council on Family Relations or the Child Life Club and participate in service and fundraising events to help families and communities in the Baltimore area.

Program Available at TU in Northeastern Maryland

Harford Community College (HCC) students can earn a bachelor’s degree in family and human services, in the Services to Children and Youth Track, at TU in Northeastern Maryland.