Family Studies & Human Services
Kansas State Polytechnic's family studies and human services (FSHS) program is created for students who are interested in the study of individuals and families. The curriculum is designed to guide students through an understanding of human behavior and developmental processes throughout the life cycle. It highlights factors that enhance, support or impede the evolution of healthy interpersonal relationships; focuses on interactions among the individual, the family and the larger culture/society; and identifies how to apply best practices when working directly with individuals and families.
The FSHS program allows its students to create a professional identity by providing the option of selecting an area of concentration or participating in an internship. Students will also be given the necessary training to build a portfolio illustrating his or her experiences in the 10 core disciplinary areas that qualify them to apply for the provisional Certified Family Life Education designation administered by the National Council on Family Relations.
After working in realistic settings as well as engaging in classroom projects and research, graduates are primed for such careers in youth and childcare programs, family social service programs, mental health centers, nursing homes, churches, and developmental programs.