Family Studies Certificate


The Family Studies Certificate Program in Human Services is designed as a more complete examination of the many individual and family needs resulting from changing family patterns. Needed skills include parenting in a variety of family situations, communicating in healthy relationships, caregiving in intergenerational families and coping with stress.

This program prepares the student in three ways:

  1. providing courses as personal enrichment for the families and individuals in the community
  2. training Human Service workers for employment in schools, health and mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, senior centers and as support persons to law enforcement and other community agencies, and
  3. providing the first two years of courses for Family Studies professions such as therapist and administrator which require further college education.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the required courses as listed with a grade of C or better. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Required Courses (24 units):
(It is recommended that all fieldwork courses (HUSR 201 C or HUSR 211 C) be taken only after consultation with an Academic Counselor, Department Chair or the course instructor.
HUSR 200 CIntroduction to Human Services3
HUSR 210 CIntroductory Fieldwork3
HUSR 215 CIntroduction to Family Studies3
HUSR 224 CSelf-Esteem Strategies3
PSY 139 CDevelopmental Psychology3
HUSR 270 CIntroduction to Victimology3
HUSR 275 C Ethical Issues in Human Services3
SOC 275 CMarriage and Family3
Electives - Select 6 units from the courses listed below:6
Human Sexuality3
Crisis Intervention and Referral3
Group Leadership-Group Process3
Helping Skills-Human Services3
Families and Substance Abuse3
Behavior Modification3
Drugs and Alcohol in Our Society3
Sociology of Aging3
Psychology of Aging3
Cross-Cultural Criminology3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C)3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Total Units30