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Family Studies

Concordia's Family Life Education program is grounded in the liberal arts to prepare students to be critical thinkers.  Family life education is the educational effort to strengthen individual and family life through a family perspective.  The objective of family life education is to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life.  Family life education includes knowledge about how families work; the inter-relationship of the family and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; both the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money and time management on daily life; the importance and value of education for parenting, the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to teach and/or develop curriculum for what are often sensitive personal issues. 

We offer students an excellent faculty, small classes and a lot of individual attention.  Students can choose from a variety of internship opportunities located within the Twin Cities metropolitan community.  Students will study and learn in settings that equip them to understand and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds.

The family studies minor is available to complement any of our liberal arts majors.  Most often, students majoring in criminal justice, psychology, communication or sociology select a family studies minor.

Family life education takes place in a variety of settings and there are likely numerous instances of family life education occurring in your community on any given day.  Family life educators work in health care settings conducting workshops and classes in hospitals, in community education, in religious settings, in junior and senior high schools, in colleges and universities, in social service agencies, in corporate settings, in government agencies, in corrections, in retirement communities and in the military.