BS in Marriage & Family Studies

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The department of Home and Family at BYU-Idaho provides a holistic approach to the study of home and family. The department teaches courses designed to strengthen students testimonies in the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach doctrines and skills to help maintain and strengthen the home as the most effective place of instruction, and provide a well-balanced education for teaching the importance of home and family.

Students graduating with this degree will be prepared for entry-level management positions. They will also receive sufficient knowledge to be able to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry of their choice after gaining relevant experience.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENTS WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE IN THIS AREA COULD BE SUITED FOR CAREERS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Shelter homes
  • Drug and alcohol centers (as an assistant)
  • Residential treatment homes for adolescents
  • Victim/witness support services
  • Adult developmental disability services
  • Foster care programs
  • After-school program directors
  • Recreational specialists in treatment facilities
  • Nursing home activities coordinator
  • Child care protective services
  • Family resource center
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation specialist (PSR)

Students with a Masters Degree in this area could be suited for careers in the following areas:

  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Educational psychology (working in public schools)
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Community counseling
  • School counseling
  • Rehabilitative counseling
  • Family studies (more emphasis on teaching and education)
  • Human development and social policy (available at University of Utah)

To understand more about this program contact our online advising team at onlineadvising@byui.edu

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CORE COURSES:
FAML 150 Introduction to Marriage and Family Studies 1
FAML 160 Family Relations 3
FAML 220 Parenting 3
FAML 300 Marriage 3
FCS 340 Money Management 3
TAKE THESE COURSES:
FAML 360 Family Stress and Coping 3
FAML 400 Family Theories and Dynamics 3
FAML 430 Family & Community Relationships 3
FAML 445 Family Practicum 4
FAML 460 Child and Family Advocacy 3
PSYCH 201 Developmental Psych Lifespan 3
PSYCH 302 Research Methods 3
INTERNSHIP:
FAML 498R Internship 2-4
EMPHASIS COURSES:
TAKE THIS COURSE:
MATH 221C Social Science Statistics 3
TAKE 14 CREDITS:
CHILD 300 Infant and Toddler Development 3
CHILD 310 Early/Middle Development 3
CHILD 320 Adolescent Development 3
COMM 175 Communication Essentials 2
COMM 273 Professional Presentations 3
COMM 352 Persuasion 3
COMM 450 Conflict Management and Negotiation 3
FAML 100 The Family 3
FAML 200 Preparation for Marriage 2
SOC 311 Sociology of the Family 3
PSYCH 111 General Psychology 3

DEGREE OVERVIEW

The BS in Marriage and Family Studies degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete the 40 credits of required Foundations courses and 54 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 26 elective credits for a total of 120 credits. Minors or concentrations in the Home and Family Department are also available. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements. Check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

BYU-Idaho online courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.