Why Study Family & Human Services?

Family Studies and Community Development is a field of study that gives back.  A rewarding multi-cultural and in depth program that provides a path for students to explore a broad range of career options.

FMST student in class

What can I do with this major?

  • Family Support/Case Management
  • Family LIfe Education
  • Youth Development Planning
  • Child Care
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Child Life/Pediatric Services
  • Social Work
  • Family and Consumer Science Education
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Program Evaluation/Research
  • Teen Pregnancy Counseling

*Some areas may require additional training/certification


Five Reasons to Study Family and Human Services

Across the Ages

From learning about resources for families with children to case management for older individuals, you can broaden your knowledge base about all aspects of family life and the many transitions family members face individually and together.

Field-based experience

Internships, application of family science knowledge through field-based opportunities, and community service activities give you direct experience in the field and open your eyes to professional opportunities.

Build Critical Work Skills

Coursework gives you a host of professional and personal skills, including analytic, written and oral communication, critical thinking, program development, and client intervention.

Capstone Coursework

Each student participates in a culminating course that requires integration and synthesis of knowledge and community experiences acquired as a major in the department.

Professional Opportunities

Graduates pursue jobs in social services agencies, child and adult day-care centers, hospitals, assisted living and adult day services, family counseling centers, adoption and foster care programs, child and domestic abuse centers, and other nonprofit and government entities. Some positions require advanced degrees, while others are open to graduates with a bachelor's degree. 


Family and Human Services Career Booklet 

This booklet (PDF) focuses on the careers of some members of our alumni community as they help us answer a question that students consistently ask, "What can I do with this degree?" We believe our alumni and community partners, a few of whom are featured in this booklet, are the experts in answering this question. 

Academic Advising

Not sure which major or track is for you? The department offers an advising program that can help you reach your academic goals