Family & Human Services Major


Family and human services professionals impact individuals, families and communities.

The Family and Human Services major provides students with knowledge of the factors that influences human behavior and the skills needed to provide
services to a variety of individuals. Students will learn how to help 
individuals utilize their capabilities and reach their optimal level of functioning.

Family and Human Services majors may choose the Introduction to Child Life track, which equips students interested in a career as a
Certified Child Life Specialist. Child life promotes effective coping in children
and families who are undergoing stressful medical experiences. Students interested
in becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist, may apply for the child life, administration
and family collaboration (B.S. to M.S.) program in their junior year with this track.

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Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

You can view degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Capstone Course

Capstone experiences are integral to student success. In FMST 490 Family and Human
Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education, students synthesize the knowledge
and community experiences acquired during their academic career, culminating their
experience in the family studies and human services major.

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Family Life Educator Certification 

The Family and Human Services major prepares students for provisional certification
as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). Certification can be achieved through completion
of two years of family life work experience following graduation. The CFLE credential
is administered through the National Council on Family Relations.

Accelerated B.S./M.S.

The Department of Family Studies and Community Development offers two accelerated
bachelor’s to master’s programs for this major. Accelerated programs allow you to begin your graduate education as an undergraduate, offering you the
opportunity to save time and money while you advance your academic career. The combined
B.S. in Family & Human Services/M.S. in Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration enables students to substitute nine credits in the Master’s in Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration program for undergraduate classes in the Family & Human Services major. The combined
B.S. in Family and Human Services/M.S. in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal
Service enables students to substitute nine credits in the Master’s in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service program for undergraduate classes in the Family and Human Services major.

why towson University?

  • Small classes taught by experienced faculty give students the opportunity to interact with instructors and fellow classmates.
  • Students build a portfolio of practical experience that complements coursework through
    internships and field placements at leading social service agencies, health care organizations, schools, and government
    entities. Choose your internship site from a list of more than 75 agencies in the
    Baltimore region.
  • The Towson University Student Council on Family Relations and the Child Life Club offer student-led opportunities to participate in service and fundraising events
    benefiting families and communities in the Baltimore area.
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Program Available at TU in Northeastern Maryland

The Northeastern campus offers a convenient transfer option for Harford Community
College (HCC) students and another campus of opportunities for Towson students. Find
out more about earning your Towson University bachelor’s degree in Family and Human
Services at TU in Northeastern Maryland.


View more information: https://www.towson.edu/cla/departments/familystudies/undergrad/familyservices/

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