Child & Family Studies

The Department of Child and Family Studies offers bachelor of science (B.S), master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.) and a doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in child and family studies. The programs provide students with academic preparation and practical experience in working with children and families in a variety of settings.

The programs emphasize diverse and multicultural family forms and practices. The undergraduate program is designed to develop a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on the study of children and families across the life course. Students will learn about the physical, emotional and social development of children while studying relationships within families and in other social contexts (schools, workplace, faith communities, etc.) Undergraduate students can focus their studies from a child development or family studies perspective.

The graduate programs in the department (M.A., M.S., Ph.D) are designed to provide specialization in child development and family studies preparing students to pursue careers in higher education, health and human service administration, or careers in which they will work directly with children and families. Courses and training emphasize multicultural perspectives in child and family relationships with diverse research methodologies and scholarship.

Child and Family Studies offers bachelor of science (B.S.), master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in child and family studies. Students gain a broad knowledge of issues affecting child development and the family unit preparing to work closely with children and families in diverse settings.

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