Because you care about the lives of others

About Child & Family Studies at Keuka College

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 Program Highlights

Diverse Courses of Study

Our program is a dynamic mix of classes from multiple disciplines. Combined with a liberal arts education, it creates a diverse course of study that enables you to focus on a multitude of different career and graduate school options.

Field Period™

Field Period™ gives you hands-on experiences that will refine your abilities and personal goals, while giving you the opportunity to develop a range of personal and professional contacts.

Student and Faculty Engagement

When you major in child and family studies, you can expect personal attention from faculty who care about your success, not only academically, but outside of the classroom as well.

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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.

Program Requirements

Digital Learning

As a student in child and family studies, you will create an ePortfolio using Google Sites to assist with your post-graduation plans. An electronic and easily-updated showcase of your achievements and work samples is sure to impress any prospective employer or graduate school.

Extracurriculars

Pi Gamma Mu

Pi Gamma Mu is the International Honor Society in Social Science. Each year, Social Sciences faculty members nominate junior and senior students for membership in recognition of their scholastic success in social science courses and overall.

Award Opportunities

The Child and Family Studies award is an annual award given to an upperclass Child and Family Studies major who exhibits not only high academic achievement, but also embodies the core values of Keuka College: experiential learning and personal development.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Child Psychologist
• Clinical Psychologist
• Eating Disorder Psychologist
• Educational Psychologist
• Geropsychologist
• Pediatric Psychologist
• School Psychologist
• Vocational Psychologist
• Engineering Psychologist
• Human Resources Psychologist
• I/O Psychologist
• Industrial Psychologist
• Management Psychologist
• Organizational Psychologist
• Organizational Research Consultant
• Personnel Research Psychologist
• Developmental Psychologist
• Experimental Psychologist
• Forensic Psychologist
• Neuropsychologist
• Psychotherapist
• Rehabilitation Psychologist
• Social Psychologist
• Sports Psychologist

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort descending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.

$70,580 63,800 30,500 Doctoral or professional degree
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

$77,350 800 400 Master's degree
Psychologists, All Other

All psychologists not listed separately.

$94,590 5,200 1,600 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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