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Associate of Applied Science
Marriage and Family Studies (A.S.)
Marriage and Family Studies prepares students for careers in family life, education, human services, advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, and youth services. Students learn valuable principles and skills pertaining to healthy family functioning, communication, advocacy, and conflict management.
Cole Ratcliffe teaches a class on Preperation for Marriage and Family.
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With a Marriage and Family Studies degree, you will discover the dynamics of strong and healthy families and learn about a wide range of human service professions, particularly those that service children, youth, and families. The program has an applicable focus, requiring hands-on learning in a variety of work settings.

The Home and Family Department at BYU-Idaho teaches courses that are designed to strengthen students' testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Students learn how to apply doctrines and skills to help maintain and safeguard the home as the most effective place of instruction. Faculty seek to provide a well-balanced education in teaching the importance of home and family.

This degree is composed of two parts. All students complete two general certificates pertaining to the degree (part 1), and afterwards choose an advanced certificate to complete the degree (step 2). This program also allows students flexibility to complete more than one advanced certificate.

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Highlighted Career Paths

The job outlook for the social and human services sector is growing with many entry level positions. An Associate degree in Marriage and Family Studies offers many rewarding careers. Check out some of the top careers or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Foster Care Worker
Work with children and foster families within the foster care program to help children and adolescents rise from harmful situations including abuse, neglect, or criminal activity.
Social Worker
Assist couples, individuals, and families to resolve issues that affect family relationships. Counsel families about effective communication, family roles, recovering from death or divorce, and many other concerns.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Work with individuals, couples, and families who are victims of violence, struggle with addiction, or other social concerns. Social Workers are employed in many public settings, including schools, hospitals, professional organizations, etc.

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