About Family Studies

The Department of Family Studies’ goal is to enrich families through education, service and advocacy.

The family studies major prepares you for a wide range of careers enriching families and provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in family studies, family therapy, occupational and speech therapy, law, social work, child development education, human services management and related fields.

 A degree in family studies at Samford meets the standards and criteria required for the professional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

The family studies major is the study of how individuals grow and develop across the life cycle-particularly in the context of personal, marital, and family relationships. Family Studies courses expose students to both practical and theoretical content in areas such as dating and relationship formation, gender roles, marital relationships, human sexuality, parenting, family dynamics, and families and society. The family studies major (FAMS) recognizes the crucial role of families in society. The FAMS curriculum focuses on personal relationships and their connection to and impact on human living and development.


Possible Career Options*

Adoption Case Worker
Community-based Social Services
Child Development Education
Elder Care Services
Family Intervention/Education
Family Law Practitioner
Government and Public Policy
Occupational and Speech Therapy
Youth/Teen Services
* Additional education may be necessary for some careers.

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Watch the video to learn about our student chapter of the National Council on Family Relations.