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Family Studies

Family Studies Program Overview

The mission of the Family Studies option in the Family & Consumer Sciences major is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through education, research, creative endeavors, and public services. The Family Studies program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). 

All students in the Family Studies program are mentored and guided by our faculty advisors. Our courses integrate the educational experience that will help students attain promising careers in childcare and administration, as well as family services. 

There are two pattern options within the Family Studies program:

 Childcare and Administration Pattern A:

The Childcare and Administration Pattern is for students who desire a career in early childcare systems. This pattern trains students to work effectively with young children and their families with a focus on fostering the growth and development of the child while recognizing the needs and values of the family. This program meets requirements for certification by the State of California Department of Education, Child Development Division. 

Family Services Pattern B:

The Family Services Pattern is for students who wish to work in social services or other helping professions. This pattern focuses on the needs of the entire family throughout the lifespan, examining issues including adolescence, marriage, sexuality, and aging.

Child and Family Studies Center 

Students may apply their newly acquired professional skills at the Child and Family Studies Center located on campus. The center provides services to about 85 families with young children within the community. The highly acclaimed program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

Professional Organizations

Students have opportunities to participate in department activities and develop leadership skills through the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS). Students are also highly encouraged to network through professional organizations such as:


A crucial component to the Family Studies program is the academic internship. Students may apply their skills to activities at the Child Family Studies Center on campus. Other internship venues throughout the community are available off campus for students interested in services for: children, adolescents, adults, and elderly. Facilities include: Family referral agencies, corporate childcare centers, parent education programs, and inter-generational care programs, and Head Start.


Career opportunities are extensive. Our graduates have found rewarding careers such as:

  • Adoption services director
  • Child development specialist
  • Childcare providers and administrators
  • Children's program administrators
  • Community service workers
  • Family resource and referral counselors
  • Family services coordinator
  • Inter-generational care specialists