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Family Studies

Langara College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
January 2022

May 2022

September 2022

January 2023

Program description

Family Studies

Family Studies is a two-year program for students interested in the nature of long-term relationships to further career and/or personal objectives. Students can achieve either a Diploma in Family Studies or an Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Family Studies. The program's interdisciplinary approach provides students with a variety of interpretations of the concept of family from the Social Sciences and Humanities. The core courses set the stage for this exploration by offering sociological, psychological, philosophical, literary and historical perspectives on families in Canada and elsewhere. Guest speakers from academia and related professions enhance the core courses by providing innovative analyses and experiential accounts. Each of the required and elective courses adds to an understanding of the complex issues surrounding the social construction of family. The Family Studies program at Langara College is unique in the B.C. College system.

Admission requirements

Domestic Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older

International Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent)

English Language Requirement

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level IV(a,b): EAP Level IV (LEAP 8)
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI): 24
  • IELTS Academic(a,b,c,d): 6.5

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

  • Perspectives on Family Studies
  • The History of the Family in Western Society
  • Introduction to Philosophy: (Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy)
  • Psychology of the Family
  • The Sociology of the Family

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Credential: Diploma, Associate of Arts Degree

Career opportunities

This program offers an opportunity for students to acquire a thorough understanding of the factors involved in shaping and defining families.

Students also gain an awareness of how various academic disciplines approach this topic and how these different idea streams interconnect. Students will develop skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research techniques.

Many Family Studies students ultimately enjoy careers in teaching, social work, counselling, psychology, family law, journalism, and social policy research. Involvement in Family Studies also provides important insight in terms of personal relationships and understanding Canada’s increasingly complex multicultural society. Students may also transfer the Diploma or Associate Degree to university in order to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies or in a related discipline.

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Langara College

Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of...

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Langara College

100 West 49th Avenue
V5Y 2Z6 Vancouver British Columbia

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