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Bachelor of Science
Marriage and Family Studies
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The bachelor’s degree in marriage and family studies prepares students for graduate study and for careers in family life education, human services, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, and youth services. The program gives students skills in marriage and family relationships, communication and conflict management, parenting, professional helping skills, home management, and research methods. This degree is developed and granted by BYU-Idaho.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Create practical plans for improving marital and family functioning.
  • Synthesize relevant research findings pertaining to marriage and family studies.
  • Effectively advocate for and “promote…measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bachelor of Science of Marriage and Family Studies
Program Requirements
Complete two certificates as described below, plus additional requirements.
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Certificate
14-15 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Complete the following certificate
13-15 Credits
Complete the following certificate
15 Credits
Complete one of these advanced certificates
15 Credits
To complete a bachelor's degree, the following courses are required in addition to the certificates stated above:
Complete the following additional courses:
Family Studies Internship
2-4 CREDITS
(FAML 498R)
Complete the following additional requirements:
General Education Courses
38-39 Credits
Electives
Approximately 30 Credits
Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment,consider job listings for:
  • Human services
  • Case worker/manager
  • Parent educator
  • Family educator
  • Child and family advocate
  • Social and community services manager
  • Probation officer

Requirements to become a counselor, therapist, or social worker vary by country, but generally require a master’s degree, supervised experience, and/or testing to obtain a license.

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        Bachelor's of Professional Studies

        Students who complete an associate degree in family history research may continue on and earn a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies.