Family Studies

Family Studies professor and student

Impacting our communities through restoration.

The overall focus of Marriage and Family Studies is to impact our community by building lasting marriages, raising Godly children and influencing our culture where God restores individuals and families.

The Marriage and Family Studies major prepares students for a wide range of careers in human services, marriage and family counseling, community and public health agencies, as well as church and parachurch organizations. Each year, many graduating seniors are accepted into graduate programs in areas of marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology, and counseling.

Career Opportunities:

Bachelor’s Degree – Case Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor, Parent Educator, Group Home Manager, and Adoption Counselor.
Advanced Degree – (Masters & Ph.D) – Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Administrator and Professor.

What are some interesting classes offered in this major?

How does divorce affect children? What are the basic ingredients that contribute to marital satisfaction? How can professionals help couples and families improve their relationships? Courses such as Introduction to Relationships, Marriage and Family Counseling, Ecology of the Family and Sociology of the Family, address these issues that marriages and families face in contemporary society from a Christian perspective.

What internships or partnerships are available with this program?

Marriage and Family Studies majors gain valuable experience by interning in a variety of human service settings: Youth Services Agencies, Group Homes, Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, Mental Health Agencies, Criminal Justice System, Domestic Violence Centers, Adoption Agencies, and Foster Care Programs.

Students have completed internships at Pine Rest Christian Hospital, Wedgwood Christian Services, Pregnancy Resource Center, Alpha Women’s Center, Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Hope Network Pivot Crisis Center, D.A. Blodgett for Children, and Calvary Church.

What are grads doing now?

In recent years there has been a rapid increase in master and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Studies. Several students from Cornerstone have gone on to pursue masters and doctoral degrees in the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work.

Marriage and Family Studies grads are employed at psychiatric hospitals, churches, private and group practices, pregnancy crisis centers, college counseling centers, education, and various community mental health centers.