School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Family Studies

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies in designed to train individuals who want to work with families in a variety of contexts: as educators, community organizers, legal professionals, child-care workers, or EAP counselors. Human Relations professionals, business managers or supervisors, among many others, would also benefit from the application of systemic family principles to their efforts. The curriculum includes coursework on systemic thinking in family studies, topics in human and family systems development, gender issues, sexuality issues, violence in the family, and diversity issues.

This program takes advantage of our school's unique access to a multidisciplinary faculty, incorporating coursework in peace studies, violence prevention, consultation, school systems, and business systems. Our multidisciplinary approach prepares students to apply knowledge about family systems directly to their work environment and demands.

Students may enroll full or part time, taking three to nine credit hours per term. Students can expect to complete the Graduate Certificate program in 10-15 months depending on the pace of study. Summer attendance is required.

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