B.A. in Family Studies –
Marriage & Family


The Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies program is centered on the fact that families are God’s design and He has specific purposes in mind for families to accomplish. Students discover these basic purposes and learn about how families function most effectively. Then, pursuing one of three  emphases: Marriage and Family, Child Life, or Early Childhood, students begin to apply specific knowledge and skills to improve family functioning. The program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator Program. Students graduate provisionally certified as Family Life Educators (CFLE).

Why Family Studies at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Family Studies program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU is the only school in the state of Arizona that has a program approved by the National Council on Family Relations to provide graduates with provisional certification as Family Life Educators (CFLE).
  • ACU values and upholds a biblical understanding of marriage, family, human sexuality, and gender, and students will learn to demonstrate these biblical principles with evidence from research.
  • ACU’s family studies concentrations allow for a variety of learning opportunities and career options for graduates.
  • Graduates from the family studies program are well-prepared for graduate programs designed to provide licensure credentials.

What will I study?

The Family Studies program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • Human Development
  • Biblical Marriage
  • Family Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Parenting
  • Child Life
  • Society and the Family

Career Paths

Graduates are well-equipped to continue their education to become licensed marriage and family therapists, children’s counselors, to pursue family law careers, or to advance their careers in social work, child life, or ministry.

  • Family Studies graduates work in a variety of settings and occupations:
  • Child Protective Services
  • In Hospitals as Child Life Specialists
  • Public Policy (i.e. sex trafficking, child protection)
  • Community Organizers
  • Child Behavioral Specialists
  • Family Ministries
  • Case Managers
  • Children’s Ministries


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