Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Family Studies involves the study of human behavior from a developmental and family systems perspective. The curriculum explores how individuals develop over the life span from conception through aging, and how they function within the context of the family system and other environmental influences.

The curriculum is appropriate for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in related areas to become educators and researchers. You may pursue advanced degrees in areas such as human and family development, early childhood, adolescence, marriage and geriatrics.

As a Family Studies graduate, you may elect to pursue a career in:

  • Social and human services as a case manager, family support worker, advocate, researcher, grant writer, and administrator. These jobs are available in universities, schools, non-profit organizations, hospitals, home health and long-term care agencies, and the government sector.
  • Community service, including becoming a parent and family life educator, grant writer, crisis and hotline worker, program administrator or director. These jobs are available in community centers, cooperative extensions, churches and faith-based organizations, family support centers, parenting education programs, and job programs.
  • Policy and family law as a family policy analyst, researcher, lobbyist or advocate, legislator, and politician. Employment in these areas might include working with domestic violence organizations, legal aid agencies, government offices, international organizations, human rights organizations, and non-profit organizations.

As you explore our website further, please contact me by e-mail if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me.

Rona Preli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Marriage and Family Therapy