Family Science is similar to psychology and sociology in that the focus is on understanding and improving lives, but is less well known than those disciplines because it is a relatively new scientific perspective. The family science perspective is unique in its emphasis on the role intimate and family relations play in shaping human experiences. Using this close relationships approach, students majoring in family science learn about issues such as marriage and relationship dynamics, parent-child relations, the relational processes of divorce, stepfamilies, sexuality, child and human development, managing family resources, family conflict and violence, and much more.

Potential Career Pathways

  • Lawyer*
    2016 Median Salary: $118,160 per year
    Job Outlook: 6%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 
*Post-graduate work required

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.