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Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Prepares you for graduate studies and/or a career as a family life educator.

Why Choose Family Studies

  • Excellent training and preparation for graduate school, employment and your personal life.
  • Qualifies you to apply to be a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations, a national certification recognized in all 50 states.

What You'll Learn

You will create environments that enhance the lives and healthy development of children, adults and families over the life span.

Our curriculum covers:

  • Family relations
  • Child growth and development
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Resource management
  • Family finance

Employment Opportunities

Family Studies graduates are qualified to work in:

  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Community education centers
  • The judicial system
  • Police departments
  • Rape crisis centers
  • Employee assistance agencies
  • Child care centers

Graduates may also be employed as personnel coordinators and family caseworkers.

Average starting salary for students with a bachelor’s degree: $30,000 plus.

Visit WSU Career Services for current listings.


Family Studies courses are offered at Weber State University Ogden and in Davis County (Davis High School and Weber State Davis).

Davis County courses are held in the evening.

Some classes will be offered in a hybrid format (a combination of traditional face-to-face instruction and online learning).

Health 3500 Human Sexuality is only offered online or at WSU Ogden Campus.

NCFR Honors Recognition

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), through the Honors Student Recognition Program, acknowledges family studies graduates for their accomplishments and academic success.

Honorees received the following:

  • Stole
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Recognition in NCFR Report
  • Recognition at the NCFR Annual Conference

Review the information in the following links to apply for recognition:

Degree Resources

Declare Your Major
Course Requirements
Suggested Course Sequence
Emphasis/Graduate School Areas
Departmental Honors

Note: All individuals majoring in family studies must complete fingerprinting forms and receive background clearance from the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification prior to performing field experience. Completed fingerprint forms will be submitted to the Department of Child and Family Studies and then sent to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. Background checks take eight weeks to complete.