B.Sc. On Campus Online Blended

Family Studies

Western Michigan University

48 months
16666 USD/year
16666 USD/year
13334 USD/year
Tuition fee
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If you desire a position in a public or private human service organization or program related to children, families and individuals, you should consider majoring in interdisciplinary Family Studies from Western Michigan University. 


Family Studies from Western Michigan University offers flexibility, allowing you to complete the coursework for your major in person at the main Kalamazoo campus, online, or a hybrid mix of in person and online. This is not a teachable major.

If you decide to major in family studies at WMU, you will extend your academic work with on-the-job training in a child care, human service or nonprofit organization. You will independently locate a site that fits with your long-term career goals, and your program will be supervised by WMU faculty in cooperation with management personnel in the field.

Career Prospects

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in family studies are working as:

  • Activities directors
  • Executives and directors
  • Extension agents
  • Family assistance specialists
  • Family educators
  • Family life educators
  • Family service field associates
  • Home visitors
  • Juvenile court workers
  • Military child and youth specialists
  • Parent educators
  • Parent involvement specialists
  • Program or service facilitators
  • Senior services coordinators
  • Substance abuse assessment specialists
  • Volunteer directors

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Infant and Toddler Development 
  • Later Life Family Relationships 
  • Teaching Sexuality Education 
  • Kinship Care Family Members: Strengths and Challenges 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences 
  • Communication Skills for Working with Families Across the Lifespan 
  • Raising Children in Contemporary Society 
  • Drug Use: Personal and Social Impact 
  • Family Communication 
  • Women, Globalization and Social Change 
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 
  • Social Work: Advocates for Social Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


122 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Copy of passport identification page
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Complete high school or post-secondary education transcripts
    • $100 non-refundable application fee
    • Proof of sufficient funds for the first academic year of study at WMU according to estimated cost of attendance
    • ACT or SAT Scores

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8333 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    16666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8333 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13334 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6667 USD per semester during 48 months.

Tuition per credit for summer option:

  • Residents - $555.58
  • Non-resident/international - $694.48

Living costs for Kalamazoo

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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