Family Studies Specialization

Family Studies is not offered every year. Please contact the BEd office for additional information.


Applicants wishing to pursue a family studies focus will be required to have coursework covering at least two of the three threads of the family studies curriculum: foods and nutrition, textile arts, and family dynamics. Students will be assessed individually for this program. To fulfill the nutrition requirement, most students present a degree in human nutrition. 

In addition to the core courses from nutrition, students will be required to present supplementary courses from other subject fields which relate to the family dynamics strand. These courses may come from areas such as women & gender studies, sociology, psychology, business, economics, or human kinetics. 

Sample courses for the family dynamics stream could include from business:
Organizational Behaviour
Foundations of Marketing
Foundations of Accounting

from economics:
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics

from human kinetics:
Gender in Sport
Child Growth and Development
Health Education

from psychology:
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology

from sociology:
Sociology of Marriage and Family
Sociology of Education
Social Inequality

These lists are intended to give an indication of the types of courses which could be approved. It is not intended to be a definitive or exhaustive list.