Family Science provides focused learning on family dynamics and systems in preparation for employment in a variety of human service settings and graduate work in family studies, marriage and family therapy, education, and numerous other therapeutic, social science, or service-oriented professions. It includes studies of family law, parenting, marriage and intimate relationships, human development, family life education, human sexuality, and other areas all leading up to an internship where students gain practical experience developing lessons and teaching family life skills in the community. Family science students are encouraged to develop a holistic, strengths-based, and evidence-informed mindset towards human and family development and wellbeing.

Many Family Science programs, including Utah Valley University, are affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, joining a network of hundreds of family science programs throughout the United States. Graduates find themselves skilled as ethical teachers of family members from all walks of life and many diverse family contexts. Many family science programs will provide ample opportunity for students to prepare to enroll in master and doctoral programs and to obtain human services employment in private and governmental agencies. UVU’s Family Science program also prepares students for obtaining the Certified Family Life Education credential upon graduation.

Family Science graduates may consider careers in fields ranging from education to policy, family services to crisis intervention. Explore career options with the National Council on Family Relations’ Exploring Careers in Family Science and We Are Family Science websites.

  Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create educational interventions for individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the ten areas outlined for Certified Family Life Educators by the National Council on Family Relations
  • Apply best practices for communication and conflict management in interpersonal relationships and family systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and under served communities


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