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Program Overview

Program Overview

Families are society’s most important institution. However, some families are becoming more complex and vulnerable to environmental and social influences. At Lipscomb, you can learn how to serve these families by better understanding their challenges through the academic field of family science, a discipline becoming increasingly popular with both students and a wide range of organizations, businesses, and service providers who value family-trained professionals.



Specific courses required:

  • FS 1011 - Professional Orientation
  • FS 2413 - Early Childhood Development
  • FS 2503 - Families and Spirituality
  • PS 2603 - Introduction to Psychological Research
  • FS 3433 - Family Interaction
  • FS 3503 - Family Problems
  • FS 3513 - Family Resource Management
  • FS 3523 - Family Life Education
  • FS 404V - Internship in Family Science
  • FS 4092 - Senior Seminar
  • FS 4403 - Families in Later Adulthood
  • FS 4423 - Development in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • PS 3483 - Human Sexuality
  • SO 2103 - The Family
  • INST 4103 - Research Methods

Three to six hours selected from:

  • BI 3273 - Children's Ministry
  • BI 3523 - The Youth Ministry Program
  • FS 3153 - Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children
  • FS 3413 - Children in Health Care
  • FS 3423 - Foundation and Theory of Child Life Practice
  • FS 3451 - Nursery School Practicum
  • FS 37nV - Special Topics
  • FS 400V - Travel
  • FS 401V - Independent Study and Research
  • FI 2213 - Personal Finance
  • MG 3503 - Leading and Managing People
  • NUTR 2613 - Principles of Nutrition
  • PS 2423 - Life Span Development
  • PS 3323 - Business and Industrial Psychology
  • PS 3413 - Social Psychology
  • PS 3453 - Death and Dying
  • PS 3513 - Drugs and Behavior
  • SW 3113 - Race and Ethnic Groups
  • SW 3223 - Social Work with Aging
  • SW 3313 - Child Welfare
  • SW 3333 - Juvenile Justice
  • SO 1123 - Introduction to Sociology


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.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

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.

Job placement

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.

Our Faculty

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    Holly Allen


    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...

    Meet Holly Allen
  • Norma Burgess headshot

    Norma Burgess

    Associate Provost-Diversity, Inclusion & Special I

    Norma J. Bond Burgess came to Lipscomb in August 2009 as the founding dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Today, Burgess is Professor of Sociology and Family Science and serves as Associate Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Special Initiatives with goals to grow and serve the Lipscomb community by helping academic departments and colleges become more diverse.

    Meet Norma Burgess
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    Chris Gonzalez

    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....

    Meet Chris Gonzalez
  • Dave Morgan

    Dave Morgan

    Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Dave Morgan
  • Shanna Ray

    Shanna Ray

    Chair, Psychology

    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...

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  • Hunter Stanfield

    Hunter Stanfield

    Assistant Professor

    Hunter was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Before arriving at Lipscomb in August 2019, he spent formative years in Los Angeles, California; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Manhattan, Kansas; and...

    Meet Hunter Stanfield

Career Paths

Directors, religious activities and education

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

Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.