Child and Family Studies

Our Child & Family Studies major prepares you for a career helping children, adolescents, and their families. With broad-based interdisciplinary coursework and field experiences in a variety of settings, you will gain a thorough understanding of human development and of the social context which surrounds it. Major courses focus on learning, developmental differences, and social and cultural factors that influence human development.


  • Internships with the Muskingum University Center for Child Development and with government agencies such as Health Departments, Job and Family Services, and Children Services
  • Hands-on research in your area of interest: our students have chosen topics such as parental understanding of quality child care, the sandwich generation, LGBT in the aging community, and healthy relationships between parents and young adults.
  • Acquire vital leadership and administrative skills including staff development and team building, financial management, establishing and assessing standards of care, and creating and implementing agency policies and procedures.
  • Participate in networking events, workshops, seminars, and conferences presented by key professional organizations in your field.


  • You will enter the workforce with the capabilities social service agencies expect from professional staff members.  
  • Our alumni go on to graduate school to study counseling and social work, among other areas.

Our graduates find employment in:

  • Head Start and Help Me Grow agencies
  • Public and private agencies focused on Children Services and Job and Family Services
  • Public and private pre-schools
  • Camps serving children with illnesses or special needs
  • Counseling services for adolescents and adults.
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