Brescia University

Family Studies and Human Development

When you choose to study Family Studies & Human Development at Brescia, you will gain a strong foundation to many careers positively affecting the well-being of families in Canada and around the world.

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    Become a student leader through a SLC program like Career Peers, Wellness Peers, or Soph Peer Mentoring.

    Enrol in an experiential learning course and apply knowledge and skills in a meaningful way in a workplace setting.

    Get involved in an experiential learning opportunity through BOLD Works or Impact Experience. 

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    Connect with Brescia alumnae through the Professional Mentoring Program.

    Make LinkedIn work for you! Connect with alumni in your region on 10,000 Coffees: See jobs for students and check out events in your area.

    Try an informational interview to learn more about an industry and a field expert’s own career journey. 

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    Figuring out what’s next requires action and reflection: Talk through your action plan or next steps in a Career Group Advising session or book a one-on-one appointment with a SLC Career Advisor.

Our Family Studies grads bring the following Brescia Competencies to the world

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    Self Awareness and Development

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    Social Awareness and Engagement

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    Inquiry & Analysis

Your Degree at Work: Industries / Employers 

  • Consumer Relations: Consumer education or consumer advocacy
  • Counselling or Case Management
  • Non-profit Agencies & Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Education: Public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community-based education/facilitation or non-profit organizations involved with advocacy
  • Business: HR, marketing (corporate, higher education) or sales and purchasing departments (food manufacturing, corporate)

A Lifetime of Learning: Further Education 

  • Social Work or Child Development
  • Counselling and Family Relationships
  • Food Production & Preparation
  • Housing
  • International Development
  • Life Coaching
  • PHEc (Professional Home Economist) designation
  • Teacher’s College/Bachelor of Education
  • Business
  • Health Care
  • Government or Law
  • Textile Design
  • Journalism


  • Consumer Relations: Consumer advocate, consumer complaint officer, consumer education officer or consumer consultant
  • Counselling: Registered social worker, relief counsellor, liaison officer, addictions counsellor, marriage and family therapist, life skills coach/facilitator or case manager
  • Non-Profit agencies & Non-governmental Organizations: Community support coordinator, volunteer manager, support services, international development worker, family information centre worker, immigration/refugee resettlement worker or employment and income assistance worker
  • Education: Home economics teacher, rural leadership specialist, extension coordinator, guidance counsellor, student aid officer or curriculum developer
  • Business: Human resource specialist, extension coordinator, law, business development specialist, sales and purchasing associate


  • Counselling and Case Management: Non-profit agency branch administrator, YMCA summer school age program educator, housing case manager, community connector, family therapist and social worker
  • Education: family studies teacher and secondary school teacher and early childhood educator
  • Business: RBC branch administrator and user services
  • Healthcare: Registered Nurse
  • Communications and Public Relations: Senior communications specialist, events coordinator and editor

 Professional Associations and Industry-Related Networks:

  • Ontario Home Economics Association
  • Canadian Public Relations Society
  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Human Resources Professionals Association
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Canadian Association of Gerontology
  • Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Canada Canadian Public Relations Society