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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-2529,

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's School of Family Studies and Human Services and the Division of Continuing Education are offering a new bachelor's degree completion program in family studies and human services online beginning this fall.

The degree will provide students with the knowledge of human development and how it relates to the family. Students also will learn about programs and services that are beneficial in raising the quality of life for individuals and families.

Mary DeLuccie, professor of family studies and human services at K-State, says the program allows students to tailor their learning with the ability to choose classes from a variety of disciplines so they can develop a well-rounded background in human development.

"In addition to the required course work, we offer a large number of elective courses, enabling students to choose among several different areas of emphasis to develop their own unique area of specialization, including early childhood, youth and gerontology," DeLuccie said.

Graduates have a wide field for employment: youth programs, family and community service programs, residential programs, the judicial system, cooperative extension, higher education, elder care facilities and public health programs.

"We are always pleased to offer new programs to K-State's wider constituency through distance education, and we are especially pleased with the release of the new bachelor's degree in family studies and human services," said Dave Stewart, assistant dean for program development in K-State's Division of Continuing Education.

To be eligible for the program, students must have already completed at least 30 credit hours of college course work.

More information about the family studies and human services bachelor's degree completion program and complete application information are available at

For a complete listing of available distance programs, contact the K-State Division of Continuing Education at 1-800-622-2578 or