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BS in Marriage and Family Studies

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Strengthen Marriages and Families

The Department of Home and Family 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.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this major 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.  For career possibilities with entry-level positions and careers available after a graduate program click here.

For more career options, visit our Career and Academic Discovery Center.

Degree Overview

The BS in Marriage & Family Studies General Emphasis degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete the 40 credits of required Foundations courses and 54 credits of major courses (listed below) for a total of 94 credits. Minors or concentrations in the Home & Family Department are also available. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog or document link for specific degree requirements. Check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

BS in Marriage and Family Studies, Professional General Emphasis**

Course Code Course Name Credits Availability
Take these courses:
FAML 150 Introduction to Marriage and Family Studies 1 *Currently Available
FAML 160 Family Relations 3 *Currently Available
FAML 220 Parenting 3 *Currently Available
FAML 300 Marriage 3 *Currently Available
HFED 340 Money Management 3 *Currently Available
Take these courses:
FAML 360 Family Stress and Coping 3 *Currently Available
FAML 400 Family Theories and Dynamics 3 *Fall 2014
FAML 430 Family & Community Relationships 3 *Currently Available
FAML 445 Family Practicum *Currently Available
FAML 498R Internship * Currently Available
Take 1 course:
MATH 221C Social Science Statistics 3 *Currently Available
Take 1 course:
PSYCH 201 Developmental Psych Lifespan 3 *Currently Available
Take this course:
PSYCH 302 Research Methods 3 *Currently Available
Take this course:
FAML 460 Child and Family Advocacy 3 *Currently Available
Take 14 credits for the Professional General Emphasis**:

(For the full list of emphasis choices refer to the university catalog)
COMM 175 Communication Essentials 2 *Winter 2014
COMM 273 Professional Presentations 3 *Winter 2014
COMM 350 Group Dynamics 3 *Currently Available
COMM 450 Conflict Management and Negotiation 3 *Currently Available
FAML 100 The Family 3 *Currently Available
FAML 200 Preparation for Marriage 2
An additional 27 Elective Credits required for graduation
*Note when courses are anticipated to be available. Dates are subject to change. Talk with your academic advisor when planning your schedule. Not all courses become available when the degree is opened for higher courses. Check individual course availability to see when each course is expected to be open.

**Note: Only the Professional General emphasis is currently available online for this degree.

How Long will this Program Take?

Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round or take a semester off when needed. Students must complete the program within eight years.

What are the Courses Like?

Online Courses at BYU-Idaho follow a similar format and have the same learning objectives as campus-based courses. Students should expect to interact with each other and participate in the learning model. Learn more about BYU-Idaho courses online.

Where do I Begin?

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply to be directly admitted into an online degree program. These students will start by taking the online orientation course, GS 111. This is a one-credit course offered every block that prepares students to succeed online and charts a course to graduation. Pathway students who complete Academic Start do not need to take GS 111.

Need Help?

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