These UofN Courses offered through the Centre are designed to equip students with a foundational and in-depth biblical understanding of family life.  Since family is a key to any ministry,  students will benefit from an enhanced ministry potential by taking Family Studies courses.


This U of N course introduces students to the Christian biblical foundational concepts of family life, presents a model for the study and understanding the dynamics of family life, and introduces basic tools for helping relate to families. The three-month lecture phase presents a template with the curriculum broken down into nine major categories, with a minimum of one week of a school devoted to each of these categories. The nine categories are to be viewed as the central core, around which the FFS template is to be built. The nine categories are: biblical worldview of family, a biblical family model, family of origin model, marriage relationship, parenting, basic 1-2 hour seminar skills, family life, skills for helping families, and family ministering together. Students can anticipate a challenge to personal growth in and development of Christian character traits. Students will increase their competence in their ability to minister to other families.

Prerequisite: DSP 211/212


This 8-12 week field assignment/internship is in accordance with U of N guidelines, and is also a vital part of the training, allowing students to assimilate and apply the teaching & skills learned in the lecture phase more effectively as a family in a team context, by providing opportunities to work as a team/with a team.

Prerequisite: FAM 251


This three-month Practicum is designed for students who have completed Foundations for Family Studies FAM 251 with Field Assignment and who desire further experience and mentoring in the Family Sphere. The goal of the Practicum is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the FAM 251/252 and to familiarize them with a broad spectrum of opportunities for serving and helping families through service with a family sphere Ministry to families. Typical activities include: family discipleship, mobilizing for missions, child and youth evangelism, and ministries with families and young people. The emphasis is on gaining expertise through practical ministry involvement.

Prerequisite: FAM 251 & 252


An introduction to the biblical foundations of marriage and family life targeting five major themes related to effective ministry to families: the biblical model of family, God's design for marriage, godly parenting, Christian family counseling principles, and the role of the family in ministry. Students can anticipate growth and development in their personal lives, in their families and in their ability to minister to other families. This course prepares students to disciple other families through the use of family camps, marriage seminars, relationship seminars and parenting seminars. Students are also introduced to premarital counseling tools in the school so they can effectively prepare couples for marriage.

Prerequisite: DSP 211/212


 This 20-24 week AFS course offers a lecture and field assignments phase allowing students to assimilate and apply the teaching more effectively in a family & team context. The AFS course considers the Family of Origin model by Murray Bowen introduced in the FSS FAM 2xx course to be the primary model for understanding the dynamics of family life. This model provides for a holistic approach by taking all members of the family into consideration. Using the Old Testament patriarchal families (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) as a case study.

The curriculum has been designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of and skills to use with the two major models introduced in the FAM 251/252; provides key skills for Mentoring/Coaching; an In-depth look at the Godly Father as the Key to Family Life; Healthy Sexuality and the study of the Post-Modern Family. The Family of Origin & Genogram models are required major key components within the advanced Course.   In the twelve-week lecture phase, that leaves additional weeks that can be devoted to current societal family topics. Under each section the purpose for that section is defined with a list of required specific topics. The six sections (Family of Origin, Genogram, Mentoring/Coaching Skills, Godly Father as the Key, Healthy Sexuality and Post-Modern Family) are to be viewed as the central core, around which the AFS course template is to be built. During the lecture phase skills of using the two models and integrating them to assess the health of families to the third generation.

Prerequisite: FAM 251/252/253


The field assignment/internship is in accordance with U of N guidelines, and is also a vital part of the training, allowing students to assimilate and apply the teaching & skills learned in the lecture phase more effectively as a family in a team context, by providing opportunities to work as a team/with a team.

Prerequisite: FAM 351


This three-month Practicum is designed for students who have completed Advanced Family Studies FAM 351 with Field Assignment and who desire further experience and mentoring in the Family Sphere. The goal of the Practicum is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the AFS FAM 351/352 and to familiarize them with a broad spectrum of opportunities for serving and helping families through service with a family sphere ministry to families. Typical activities include: family discipleship, mobilizing for missions, child and youth evangelism, and ministries with families and young people. The emphasis is on gaining expertise through practical ministry involvement.

Prerequisite: FAM 351/352