Bachelors in Family Studies – Marriage and Family
We offer a major that is flexible in content and has an emphasis on practical application. Students have an opportunity to explore functional and dysfunctional family systems dynamics and to take courses focused on childhood and adolescence, trauma, familial relationships, and family counseling. Individuals who want to work with families, couples, or children will be set up for success with a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies from Arizona Christian University.
Mission Statement: Arizona Christian University’s Family Studies program prepares students to assist families through service and research by framing relevant knowledge and skills with a biblical worldview.
Vision Statement: The vision of ACU’s Family Study Major program is to graduate superior evaluators of family study research and theory, Christ-like practitioners, and agents of change in the lives of families.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Describe dynamics of communication and power in familial relationships.
- Assess the impact of various stressors on family functioning.
- Describe various parenting models.
- Develop and or expand knowledge and understanding of various theoretical approaches to family counseling
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects of human sexuality.
Why Marriage and Family 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:
- Our unique department is staffed with clinically-active faculty, who are able to provide insightful information based on their vast professional experiences.
- Students will graduate as provisionally Certified Family Life Educators by the National Counsil on Family Relations.
- What is Family Life Education? (https://www.ncfr.org/index.php/cfle-certification/what-family-life-education)
- This is a terminal degree, therefore students are prepared to enter the workforce or their graduate studies with significant confidence in their educational experiences.
- For over 20 years, many of our graduates have continued their studies to pursue careers as licensed marriage & family therapists, counselors, and social workers.
- Marriage and Family Practicum, Family Counseling, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Marriage
What will I study?
Following completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies – Marriage and Family from ACU, students will:
- Be able to identify and evaluate psychological, spiritual, physical, and social contributors to optimal human development
- Be able to evaluate families and their functioning using research and systemic theories
- Be able to design, implement, and evaluate family life education programs
- Explore and evaluate societal issues that impact families
- Explore career options
Undergraduate students are introduced to fascinating topics through mandatory and elective courses that are often preserved for graduate studies, including:
- Trauma and families
- Play therapy
- Family structure and dynamics
- Parent/child relations
- Gender studies
- Family resource management
- Grief and loss in families
- Public policy
- Transformational marriage
- Early learning environments
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. This is perhaps the broadest of the three programs, preparing students for careers in child protective services, public policy lobbyist, community organizer, family intervention, parent aid, family and children’s ministries, victim-witness advocate.
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Children’s Therapists
- Trauma Therapists
- Social Workers
- Child Behavioral Specialists
- Case Managers
- Ministries (Family, Children’s, Women’s)
- Motivational Speakers
- Victim Witness Advocates
- Child Protective Services
- Public Policy and Lobbying (i.e., sex-trafficking, child protection)
Graduate education prepation for programs such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Family Law, Health Care Administration, Ministry, Public Policy, Counseling and Family Studies.
Academic Major Courses
Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of General Biblical and Theological Studies courses and 8 credits of foreign language courses. 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required.
|FAM 200||Family Resource Management||3|
|FAM 316||Family Structure and Function||3|
|PSY 320||Cross-Cultural Counseling||3|
|FAM 332||Public Policy and the Family||3|
|FAM 425||Parent/Child Relations||3||FAM 261 (Pr)|
|FAM 435||Family Life Education||3||12 FAM or ECE credit hrs. (Pr)|
|FAM 490||Family Studies Capstone||3|
|PSY 202||General Psychology||3|
|FAM 312||Human Development||3|
|FAM 400||Human Sexuality||3||FAM 312 (Pr)|
|FAM 430||Principles of Family Counseling||3||FAM 316 (Pr)|
|FAM 440||Gender Studies||3|
|FAM 497||Internship||3||FAM 332, 425, 430, 435 (Pr)|
|Choose One||FAM 420 Psychology of Marriage ~OR~ FAM 421 Transformational Marriage||3|
Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:
B.A. in Behavioral Health
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
B.S. in Psychology
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Minor in Family Studies
Department of Human Development and Family Studies