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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 2.5 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.**
Elective HD Courses Required for the Family Studies Certificate (25 credit hours)
HD 204 Family Interactions 3 Credits
HD 301 Family Stress & Coping 3 Credits
HD 302 Parent-Child Relatinships 3 Credits
HD 320 [M] Resource Management 3 Credits
* *Any Upper Division HD Course 3 Credits
HD 350 Family Diversity 3 Credits
HD 403 Families in Poverty 3 Credits
HD 498 Field Placement 4-8 Credits
Elective Courses that Support the Family Studies Certificate
HD 300 Child Maltreatment 3 Credits
HD 479 Planning & Evaluation in HD 3 Credits
HD 480 Instructional Strategies in HD 3 Credits
HD 485 Participate in HD Research *
MGMT 301 Principles of Management & Organization 3 Credits
PSYCH 230 Human Sexuality 3 Credits
SOC 351 The Family 3 Credits

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