Family Studies

Program Modules


As a student in Family Studies you will gain the background to help you become a professional in one of the many careers that positively affect the well-being of Canadian families.

You will learn about many different aspects of family life and your classes will include material on everything from the diversity of families, to how individuals and families change and grow through the life course, to how laws and policies impact different kinds of families. Our students study diverse aspects of families: parenting; marriage; divorce; immigration; family violence; family finances; and more. Our approach is interdisciplinary, drawing upon psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and other fields.

The Bachelor of Arts (Human Ecology) in Family Studies gives you a foundation to pursue professional careers that work with families, through coursework in Family Studies, Human Ecology, and the Social Sciences.

The Bachelor of Science (Human Ecology) Family Studies offers an opportunity to develop a foundation in the study of the family and the food and nutritional sciences, combining courses in Family Studies, Human Ecology, Foods and Nutrition and the Sciences.

With a degree in Family Studies, you may choose to pursue graduate work in education, social work, or marriage and family therapy.

Professional Designation

Students who complete Human Ecology 2222F/G Professional Perspectives as part of a Family Studies module are eligible for the Professional Home Economist (PHEc) designation offered by the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA). This designation is endorsed by the Ontario Family Studies/Home Economics Educators Association (OFSHEEA) and the Ontario Family Studies Leadership Council (OFSLC).

Guaranteed Admission to the Faculty of Education at Western

Brescia University students can apply for guaranteed admission to the Faculty of Education. This applies to students interested in teaching at the Intermediate/Senior level with a first teachable in Family Studies (plus a second teachable).

Application Requirements/Process:
Complete the Brescia/Western Faculty of Education – Applicant Information Form (Family Studies) during Year 2 or Year 3. Please review the application form for specific requirements.

Students must also apply using the TEAS application on the Ontario Universities Application Centre by the stated deadline.

For more information, please contact Marianne Simm, Vice-Principal, Students (

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Edward Bell, Chair, School of Behavioural & Social Sciences at or 519-432-8353 x28236.


To learn about prerequisites for the Family Studies program, please click on the appropriate category below:


Application: Family Studies Practicum Application

Modular Combinations

Students wishing to complete the BSc (Human Ecology) or BA (Human Ecology) must be registered at Brescia University. Students from other affiliated university colleges or the constituent university may complete the Major or Minor in Family Studies as part of their degree requirements. Brescia students registered in the designated Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major earn a Bachelor of Arts (Human Ecology) or a Bachelor of Science (Human Ecology).

Career Opportunities

The Family Studies programs include aspects of family sociology, child psychology, clothing and textiles, foods and nutrition, housing and interior design, and personal economics and management.

These programs provide the basis for a diversity of careers in education, human services, government, health service, retail business, sales agencies, food service industries, marketing boards, and volunteer agencies and organizations.

Our graduates find rewarding careers in positions, such as:

  • Consumer relations
  • Curriculum planner, administrator
  • Laboratory technician
  • Liaison officer
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Sales, buying
  • Teacher, instructor, guidance counsellor

Further education and/or experience beyond the Family Studies degree program may be required for some of these careers.

“During my time at Brescia, I always felt part of a community that actively showed they were interested in my future. I was able to get to know my classmates better due to smaller classroom sizes which led to lively discussions in and out of the classroom. My professors knew my name which made me feel I was a somebody not just a number. Sr.Corona particularly had a great impact on me and when she spoke to my mom and grandmother at Baccalaureate, I was floored when she said I had impacted her as well.  When I decided to come back to school, to obtain my second degree; the academic advisors remembered me and encouraged my dream to become a teacher. The Family Studies Program and my work history enabled me to fulfill that goal. Brescia’s mission statement to become a bold female leader spoke to me in such visceral way that I continue to encourage students to embrace whatever dream they may have, supporting them to become bold leaders as well.”

– Lisa Haagsma ’92 ’07


The full-time faculty members are:

The contract faculty members are:

  • Ms. Mary Kay Arundel
  • Ms. Darlene Balandin
  • Ms. Bridget DeMarchi
  • Ms. Michelle Gibson
  • Dr. Stephen Lin
  • Ms. Susan Toth
  • Ms. Maureen Reid