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The family plays a crucial role our society, from infancy to old age. Family gives us a name, an identity and a unit to which we belong. Be a part of serving, healing and preserving family systems as you study lifespan development and relational dynamics. Our Christian mission serves as the foundation for how we teach and serve.
Obtain an education that ties seamlessly into your career goals by becoming an expert in one of our four concentrations. Apply what you’re learning in a real-world setting through a variety of service learning components and internships. In the classroom, our seasoned faculty teaches from a family systems perspective, speaking to many iterations of what it means to be a family.
As a senior, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to coordinate and present the annual Lipscomb Conference on Family Wellness, which brings national scholars, writers, practitioners and programs to campus. You’ll leave here well-equipped to serve families in dynamic settings.
This major, with appropriate electives, is designed according to the Family Life Education College and University Curriculum guidelines established by the Certification Committee for Family Life Educators, National Council on Family Relations. Students wishing to seek certification must apply with the Certification Committee, NCFR.
All courses required for this major must be completed with a grade of ""C"" or higher or be repeated
*Students planning to pursue a career as a Child LIfe Specialist are required to take FS3413 and FS3423, and must complete FS401V in a health care setting.
Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.
A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.
Holly Catterton Allen is Professor of Family Science and Christian Ministry where she holds a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Bible...Learn More
Assistant Professor of Family Science
Hunter Stanfield is an assistant professor of family science. He completed an undergraduate degree in business administration as well as masters degrees in psychology and dispute resolution from Pepperdine University....Learn More
Shanna Ray has a B.S. in Psychology from Lipscomb University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Ray joined...Learn More
Morgan joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2013 after a several years in the Lipscomb University Counseling Center where he served as a therapist and the Director of...Learn More
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
Gonzalez joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota. He teaches several courses in the MFT program....Learn More
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.