department of family studies and community development
Family and Human Services Major
A Family and Human Services major can choose among four tracks.
Human Services Track
The Human Services Track is designed for students who are interested in direct service and/or agency administration with families. Students may work in areas that address a wide range of issues that impact families in society. Likewise, students may work with a wide variety of populations across the lifespan. Students are given an opportunity for broad-based or focused study. 360 hours of internship experience are required.
Services to Children and Youth Track
The Services to Children and Youth Track has a primary focus on children and youth in the context of families and communities. This track is ideal for those who want to work with children but do not necessarily want to teach in the classroom. This track provides students an opportunity to study children and incorporates the perspectives of multiple disciplines to enrich students’ understanding of issues that impact families and society. Students will also have an opportunity for broad-based or focused study. 120 hours of internship experience are required. This track is often preferred by students who double major.
Introduction to Child Life Track / B.S. to M.S. Program
The Introduction to Child Life Track is designed to prepare students who want to become Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS). The goal of a child life specialist is to promote effective coping in children and their families who are undergoing stressful medical experiences. Child Life Specialists are most commonly employed in pediatric hospitals or in general hospitals with pediatric units. However, Child Life Specialists can be employed in other venues such as hospices, doctors' offices, dental offices, outpatient medical facilities, rehabilitation centers, pediatric long term care facilities, camps and daycare centers for medically fragile children. Students in this track may choose, in their junior year, to apply for the Child Life B.S. to M.S. program. This allows students to complete a combined undergraduate and graduate program in 5 years.
Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track
The Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector Track is for students interested in leadership and administration of human service agencies. The curriculum for this track is interdisciplinary. Students in this track must complete a minor in Business Administration. 360 hours of internship experience are required, with at least one experience focusing on leadership skills in the nonprofit sector.
Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Students majoring in Family and Human Services choose their internship sites from a list of nearly 100 agencies in the Baltimore region, including the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School. Read more about Internships and Service Learning