Skip To Nav

Site-specific menu

Family Studies or Child and Family Development

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Details

Credits Required:
Tuition costs
Location(s) Offered

Program Type(s)

Industry Highlights

  • People with bachelor's degrees make 66% more than people who don't.

Census Bureau

Turn your passion into a career that makes a difference

There are a lot of careers that offer opportunities to work with kids. Many private and public organizations are focused on the wellbeing of infants, children and families. Western Michigan University offers two degrees that can help people get started in careers with organizations like those.

The College of Education and Human Development at WMU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Family Studies and Child and Family Development. In both programs, students are prepared to enter careers dedicated to families - the building block of global society.

Why Family Studies / Child and Family Development at Western Michigan University?

Both programs are offered almost entirely online, with few face-to-face courses required on main campus in Kalamazoo. Both programs offer inroads to certification (see below). Those credentials can enhance employment opportunities and validate professional credibility for educators who work with families.

Gain credentials while you learn.

Who should apply

Anyone with a high school diploma who is interested in pursuing a career related to family life should apply.

Career opportunities

The Family Studies major prepares students for positions in public or private human service organizations or programs related to children, families and individuals. The Child and Family Development major prepares individuals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and their families in a variety of professional settings.

State Authorization

This Online program requires an internship or field placement. If you plan to complete this activity outside of the state of Michigan, you must complete the Activity Request Form at the time of enrollment for this course.

Activity Request Form

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.