Family Studies

Earn a College Degree that’s Focused on Family

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.

Get a Human Development and Family Studies Education

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 In-demand Skills for Social Work

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.

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.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally-accredited institution are required.

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