The Family Studies major is an interdisciplinary program for students who desire positions in public or private human service organizations or programs related to children, families and individuals. Recent graduates hold positions with Healthy Families, Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Senior Services; in state government; and as family court workers, substance abuse assessment specialists, preschool staff, and volunteer and activity directors.
This is not a teachable major. Information for students seeking a teaching certification as an Early Childhood Specialist with a ZA endorsement should see the B.S. Elementary Education (Early Childhood) program page.
Recent graduates have found work in positions as:
This program has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations and graduates may choose to become Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE). This certification enhances employment opportunities and verifies professional credibility for educators who work with families.
For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the family studies major.
The Professional Experience Program allows students to extend their academic work with on-the-job training in child care, human service and nonprofit organizations. The program is supervised by WMU faculty in cooperation with management personnel in the field. Students independently locate sites that fit with their long-term career goals.
Contact Linda Dove at or (269) 387-3716 for advising.