This discipline provides focused learning on family dynamics and systems in preparation for human services or other related employment, or graduate school work in family studies, marriage and family therapy, and education.  It includes studies of: family law, parenting, marriage, human development, family life education, human sexuality, and other areas all leading up to an internship where students can gain practical work and graduate school experience while developing lessons and teaching family life skills in the community. 

Many family studies programs, like Utah Valley University, are affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations. Students can join as student members.  Graduates find themselves skilled as ethical teachers of family members from all walks of life and many diverse family contexts.  Many family studies 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.

  Program Learning Outcomes

  • Create educational interventions for individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill 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


April Kirk 

Family Studies Academic Advisor (last name A-R)


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801.863.5347 | 506E | MS: 115

Noelle Halasima

Family Studies Academic Advisor (Last Name S-Z)


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801.863.5891| CB 506D | MS: 115
Dr. Natte Cottle

Dr. Nate Cottle

Family Studies Program Coordinator


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801.863.5105 | CB 207Q | MS: 115