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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Family Science

Family science is a professional area of study focusing on the family. The underlying assumption of the profession is that the family is one of the most enduring of all social institutions and a basic unit in society. The more effective the family unit is in meeting the needs and goals of its members, the more society benefits from socially and emotionally healthy and productive citizens.

The program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including family services and youth programs, family life and parent education programs, business and government agencies, and leadership roles in church, school, and community. The program offers students a strong foundation for graduate work. Graduates of the program are eligible to receive provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).

The Anderson University Family Science program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations. The program prepares students for professional careers in a variety of human service areas, including family services and youth programs, family life and parent education programs, business and government agencies, and leadership roles in church, school, and community. The program offers students a strong foundation for graduate work. Graduates of the program are eligible to receive provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Full certification is available when alums complete sufficient work experience after graduation.

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Why AU?

Why Choose AU for Family Science?

Anderson University’s family science program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors for successfully navigating through the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Students benefit from an academic program that is challenging yet offered in a supportive, mentoring environment. In addition, students study under an academically prepared faculty with a wealth of experience in their respective fields and highly committed to applying a Christian perspective to academic and social issues to help students achieve their academic and career goals.

Students pursue work-related experiences through internships, practicums, volunteering, and some paid summer work with diverse populations and social agencies locally, nationally, and internationally. Students may also obtain leadership experience in the local chapter of the Family Science Student Association. One of the most attractive features of this field of study is the dual benefit it affords. The knowledge students obtain during their course of study not only prepares them for a career but is also directly applicable to improving the quality of their own personal lives by gaining skills to deal with many of the issues confronting all people in daily living.

Program Options

Major

Complete the major in a 3-year or 4-year academic path to graduation.

18-hour Minor

The family science minor provides a foundation in family science.

Classes

What courses will I take?

  • Family in Global and Diverse Context
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dynamics of Marital Interaction

View the courses required for the Family Science major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Case Management Counselors
  • Child and Protective Services Worker
  • Parent Educator
  • Youth Counselor

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

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Dr. Leroy Quashie

Dr. Leroy Andrew Quashie is Professor of Family Science and Director of the Family Science Program. Dr. Quashie holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Warner University, MA and Ph. D. in Family Ecology and Sociology, and MPH in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. His research efforts have focused on health and family issues.

Quashie joined the AU faculty in the Fall of 2007. He is considered by his colleagues and students to be a visionary and passionate educator.

In addition to his leadership and teaching assignments at the University, Dr. Quashie is actively engaged in the Anderson community and serves on a number of health and human services boards and committees. He has conducted workshops, seminars, and retreats in the USA, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, and Botswana on leadership, community development, marriage and family, prayer, and strategic ministry planning.

Dr. Quashie is married to Karen Quashie, has four children, and five grandchildren. He is a member of the Madison Park Church of God congregation and facilitates intercessory prayer sessions, and a member of a local Rotary Club.

Contact Dr. Leroy Andrew Quashie, Ph. D; MPH, CFLE
laquashie@anderson.edu
Professor and Director of the Family Science Program