Certificate in Family Studies

Pullman students may pursue a certificate in family studies while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, another bachelor’s degree, or independent of completion of a bachelor’s degree. The certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and professional skills to seek employment in a variety of settings that provide services to families including: family counseling centers, parent education organizations, family crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, and many other organizations that address family needs and issues.





  • Work closely with an advisor in the Department of Human Development to take the designated courses to complete a certificate in Family Studies, including an internship.
  • Complete the courses required for the certificate in family studies including an internship.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.6 for the courses required for the certificate in family studies.
  • When requirements are completed for the certificate, the student is awarded with a Certificate in Family Studies. This shows that the student has completed a course of study that focuses on family relationships and issues. (Note: This does not mean the student is state certified.)
Note: All HD majors are required to take 42 credit hours of Human Development courses.

Required Course Work

For a full list of required courses and course descriptions, visit the WSU Course Catalog.