Child and Family Studies

Help Improve the Way That Children and Families Function

It takes a special person to answer the call of those in need, and our Child and Family Studies major prepares you for career opportunities in social services, day care, family education, and various areas of public policy that address the needs of children and/or families.

You’ll gain the ability to ask the critical questions about ethics and issues related to the family and other social institutions in order to best serve those in your care. This major will prepare you with the skills and qualifications for graduate study or careers as family therapists, mental health professionals, school counselors, and similar positions that require advanced training.

Child & Family Studies

Real Experience — Every Year

The Keuka College Field Period® gives you the chance to have four separate internships in Child & Family Studies, starting your freshman year.

Explore different practice settings and career paths to see which one is the right fit for you

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Program Overview

Through the exploration of child development, the sociology of parents and families, and influential social and cultural practices, the child and family studies program is a true interdisciplinary major.

The program strengthens your understanding of family functioning and dynamics, and gives you the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues relating to the family and other social institutions, giving you the necessary skills to become a human service professional.

Child and Family Studies will prepare you for career opportunities in social services, day care, family education, and various areas of public policy that address the needs of children and/or families. You will acquire the skills to serve as a case manager, working with children who have disabilities.

In addition, if you’re thinking about furthering your education after Keuka College, the Child and Family Studies major prepares you for graduate school, which further provides the skills and qualifications necessary to become family therapists, mental health professionals, school counselors, and similar positions that require advanced training.

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Dr. Janine Bower

Professor of Criminology/Criminal Justice
Chair, Institutional Review Board

Academic Credentials

Western Michigan University
Ph.D.
Western Michigan University
M.S.
Indiana University at Fort Wayne
B.A.

Dr. Angela Graves

Associate Professor of Political Science

Academic Credentials

Syracuse University
Ph.D.
Central European University
M.A. in Political Science
Babes-Bolyai University
B.A. in Political Science

Biography

Angela G. Graves received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science. Prior to joining Keuka College, she taught at the University of North Dakota and Idaho State University.

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Angela moved to Eastern Europe after high school to study post-communist transition firsthand. She received her B.A. (2002) in Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and went on to Budapest, Hungary to obtain an M.A. (2003) in the same field from Central European University. Although her research is primarily grounded in the field of American Politics, it continues to reflect her international interests by focusing on the new challenges posed by globalization for national institutions such as the U.S. Supreme Court. Angela has presented her work at the American Political Science Association and the Law and Society Association’s annual meetings, and her publications include 2010 and 2013 articles in the Journal of Law, Politics, and Society and a chapter in the 2015 Wiley Handbook of Law and Society.

In addition to teaching, Angela is an Intercultural Coach for Cartus, a corporate relocation firm, and both Tour Guide and Services Ambassador for Experience! The Finger Lakes' Corning office.

Dr. Nicholas Koberstein

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academic Credentials

University of Connecticut
Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
M.S.
Eastern Connecticut State University
B.S.

Dr. Melis Kural

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Academic Credentials

University at Buffalo
Ph.D.
University at Buffalo
M.A. in Sociology
SUNY Geneseo
B.A. in Sociology

Dr. Christopher Leahy

Professor of History

Academic Credentials

Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
M.A.
Washington and Jefferson College
B.S.

Dr. David Pak Leon

Associate Professor of Political Science

Academic Credentials

Southwest Minnesota State University
Ph.D.
Southwest Minnesota State University
M.A.
University of Maryland College Park
B.A.

Dr. Jessica MacNamara

Associate Professor of Sociology

Academic Credentials

University at Buffalo
Ph.D.
SUNY Albany
M.A.
SUNY College at Buffalo
B.A.
Finger Lakes Community College
A.A.

Dr. Rich Martin ’05

Division Chair
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Academic Credentials

Regent University
Ph.D.
Boston University
M.S. in Criminal Justice
Keuka College
B.S. in Criminal Justice Systems

Dr. Josh Staley

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Esports Management
Head Coach, Esports

Academic Credentials

Stephen F. Austin State University
Ph.D.
Stephen F. Austin State University
M.A. in Psychology
Stephen F. Austin State University
B.S. in Psychology

Dr. Tom Tremer

Professor of Criminology/Criminal Justice

Academic Credentials

Indiana University Pennsylvania
Ph.D.
Fordham University
M.A.
SUNY Oneonta
B.A.

Contact Information

Dr. Nicholas Koberstein

Associate Professor of Psychology

(315) 279-5456
nkoberstein@keuka.edu