Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies for interested in working with families for private or public organizations that are devoted to helping manage and improve the wellbeing of infants, children, and families. Students will take part in a general education, in which they develop their professional capabilities and develop their understanding of family services and family studies and related fields. While a part of the program, students are given provisional status as a Certified Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. Classes include teaching family life education, crises and resiliency in families, and later life family relationships. 

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit the necessary professional work habits such as punctuality, productivity, verbal and written communication skills, cooperation with staff and clients and working within the policies, structures, and functions of social service agencies in providing services to and working with children; to demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills needed for responsibilities in providing services to and working with children; and to demonstrate understanding of nutrition, family relations, developing age appropriate curriculum, child development and assessment, psychology, and parenting.

This degree has been approved and certified by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE).

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students have option to complete entire degree, or 65 credits are required for students with an approved associate's degree entering the bachelor-completion program. Two campus experiences required on main campus (Kalamazoo).

    High school diploma or GED equivalent. Official transcripts. ACT/SAT entrance exam.

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
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    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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