Family Studies Degree Program

Family studies explores how an individual or family functions, with attention to behavior, dysfunction and optimal human development. 

With a degree in family studies, you’ll gain the specific skills needed to observe and analyze family life – and to identify what’s needed for a family to function more effectively.

Study at Urbana U – A Great Choice for Child and
Family Studies

When you study Family Studies at Urbana you’ll learn to understand human development, how a family works, and what different family structures and environments exist in the real world.

At Urbana, you have two opportunities in your junior and senior year to get a firsthand account with field experience. By interning with organizations like the Central Ohio Youth Center and The Caring Kitchen, you will not only be better prepared for life after graduation, but you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime bond with the community and people around you.

Gain Skills for Exciting Careers in Family Studies

Whether you want to work with or advocate for children or families at risk, the career possibilities are endless. Family studies graduates find exciting jobs in fields like child protective services, consumer advocacy and job and family services.

And if you decide to take your family studies major to the next level, graduate school can lead to other exciting career challenges – like marriage and family counseling, human development, preschool programming and more.

Meet Dr. Alice Grimes | Family Studies Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Grimes is a big fan of Urbana and all the University has to offer students. As a professor, Grimes enjoys building relationships with students and offering them a personalized learning experience that helps them thrive at Urbana and after graduation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Describe the broad discipline of Family Studies
  2. Discuss the relationship of Family Studies with other social science disciplines.
  3. Apply the principles, concepts, and theories of the issue problems, and concerns of family and individuals in families.
  4. Demonstrate fundamentals and critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
  5. Identify agencies and support services available to families.
  6. Identify the legal and financial issues guiding the social science agencies.


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Located in west central Ohio, Urbana University is less than an hour's drive from Columbus and Dayton, and we’re close to other cities like Bellefontaine, Fairborn, London, Marysville, Piqua, Sidney, Springfield and Troy. 

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