Sociology (Ph.D.), Family Studies Major
The objective of the graduate program in family studies is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or governmental or community service focusing on families and family relations. The program gives students insights into the complexities of contemporary families, the historical development of family systems, and the social psychological and demographic processes that influence and are influenced by family phenomena.
Family studies may be selected as either the major or minor area of study by PhD students. Students in the doctoral program who do not already have an MA degree will obtain one during their course of study. All graduate students in family studies are encouraged to develop a professional orientation toward teaching, research, and publication through direct involvement in the activities of the faculty.