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The Department of Applied Human Sciences offers a variety of academic programs that address the health and well-being of individuals and families in Kansas, the country and the world. The diversity of the school is reflected in the wide range of careers in human services pursued by graduates such as work with families, early childhood education, couple and family therapy, and speech-language pathology.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is a multidisciplinary department that applies contextual and systemic frameworks to the study of individual development and relationship processes across the life span through research, teaching, and service. The department offers a wide range of courses in the areas of human development and family studies. A Bachelor's degree from the department prepares students for a variety of human services vocations and/or for pursuing graduate study. An advanced (i.e., Master's or Doctorate) degree prepares students for careers as university or medical school faculty, researchers, and human service providers.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science equips students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan in diverse social and cultural settings. Within the context of Christian faith and values, the Department prepares students, through experiential and application opportunities, to pursue leadership, service, and reconciliation, locally, nationally, and globally.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Our mission is to achieve excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and outreach in order to promote the optimal development, health, and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.  Through its multidisciplinary community of students, mentors, and scholars, the program prepares students to understand development from birth through old age, with an emphasis on the economic, social, and political forces that shape family and individual development throughout the lifespan.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs create reflective practitioners ready to work with diverse families in early childhood education and intervention settings, parent support programs, couple and family therapy programs, social services, gerontology, and advocacy programs.  The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The graduate program leads to a Masters of Science with a concentration in couple and family therapy, or a concentration in Developmental Science.  

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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In 1963 the Behavioral Sciences Department at Andrews University offered its first degree programs in general behavioral sciences, psychology and sociology. Since that time, we have expanded the original offers to include multiple emphases, additional degree areas on the undergraduate level and a graduate degree. The Department averages a total of 80-100 majors per year, making us one of the largest departments at Andrews University. The behavioral sciences are concerned with the study of how human beings think and behave, both as individuals and in social, spiritual and cultural settings. The Departments main areas of study at the Bachelor's degree level include opportunities to major in general behavioral sciences, family studies, health psychology, general and pre-professional psychology, sociology. We also offer minors in each of the above areas plus a minor in anthropology, archeology and geography. In addition, we offer a Master of Science in Community and International Development. 

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Family Studies program prepares students to promote the well-being of individuals and families across the life-span in both professional and personal contexts. The program coursework is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for certification as a Family Life Educator.

Students completing the program are expected to achieve the following program goals:

  • Understand the major theories in Family Studies and appropriately apply to practice
  • Understand and critically evaluate the research process and key content knowledge in Family Studies and translate research findings and content knowledge into practice
  • Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for Family Studies, including the use of technology when appropriate
  • Understand the influence of the broader social, cultural, and historical context on children, families, and relationships and apply to practice
  • Successfully complete the criteria for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is to address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach programs

Our program is characterized by:

A Focus on Significant Societal Issues. Our work could be described as "science with a social conscience." Faculty are interested in the most challenging basic scientific issues, but they are always asking how this information can be applied or how they can make a difference through prevention efforts, policy briefs, and/or community action. Illustrative topics include childhood obesity, intimate partner violence, emotional/behavioral regulation in young children, LGBT couples facing stressors/support in non-urban communities, among many others.

The Use of Advanced Methods in Unique Laboratory Facilities. Faculty and graduate students are engaged in developing and mastering the most sophisticated quantitative and qualitative methods available to social and behavioral scientists and to practicing these skills in state-of-the-art laboratories and our Family Resiliency Center.

Collaborative and Collegial Interactions. Our faculty work across disciplines, programs, methodologies and they work with colleagues across settings, departments and institutions. A transdisciplinary approach is being applied to address complex issues ranging from the physiological basis of language and emotion, the parenting experiences of fathers with children with developmental disabilities, cell-to-society approach to children's health, social mobility of low income households, and the internationalization of American universities.

Faculty with Major Scientific Leadership Roles. Our faculty are not only excellent research scholars and mentors, they are also leaders in the scientific community. They are recognized by their peers for awards and hold elective office. They regularly give invited lectures at major national meetings and universities across the world. They serve as editors of influential journals in the field.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Human Development and Family Studies program at Anderson University examines human development and family studies across the lifespan using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Courses offered integrate both theoretical frameworks and empirical research in their emphasis on specific developmental stages and/or the contexts in which individuals and families develop. This program prepares students for entry-level positions or graduate school in HDFS or related fields and professional certification in family life education.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is a pre-professional major for undergraduate students who feel driven to improve the lives of children and families. HDFS prepares you for careers in what are often called "helping professions," including fields such as education, public health, social work, health services, nonprofit management, counseling services, and more. You will gain a deep understanding of how children from different backgrounds and abilities develop over time in the context of families, schools and communities, and leave prepared to engage meaningfully with those communities. Through HDFS, you can graduate with a unique set of skills and experiences that will make you a highly sought-after candidate for graduate and licensure programs.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the FACS Department is to provide knowledge and skills that will enhance the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. We strive to foster healthy relationships between people and their diverse environments, focusing on the integration of physical, biological, cultural, economic and social influences on human behavior, lifespan development, and health. These relationships are examined in the context of clothing and fashion, nutrition and food, family life and resource management.

Through education, scholarly engagement, and community service, our programs and profession focus on understanding critical issues affecting individuals, families and communities. These include: family services; child care and youth services; nutrition and wellness; medical nutrition therapy; food management; food security; appearance and clothing; globalization of fashion;access to resources including food, shelter, and clothing; and the production and distribution of related services and products.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Family Life and Human Development (FLHD) program is housed in the College of Education and Human Development of Southern Utah University. The program offers three degree options: an Associate of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelors of FLHD with two options for emphasis; Early Childhood Development and Family Services.

The Early Childhood degree options emphasize child development, child guidance, curriculum planning, and teaching young children. The Family Services degree has three main areas of emphasis: human development through the lifespan, family relationships and skills for intervening and helping individuals and families. All programs are modeled after reputable state and national programs. The newest program approved is an online degree in Family Studies that can be completed in 3 or 4 years.

All programs provide engaging program offerings and activities that prepare students both personally and professionally to deal with complex problems of society. Students receive hands-on experience through laboratory practicum experiences, internships and service/experiential learning opportunities and requirements across the curriculum.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Home and Family provides a holistic approach to the study of home and family. The department teaches courses designed to:

  • Strengthen students’ testimonies in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Teach doctrine, principles, theory, and skills to help maintain and strengthen the home as the most effective institution in society for impacting the well-being of the family unit.
  • Provide a well-balanced education for students from all majors focusing on the importance of home and family. Classes include family relations, marriage, money management, parenting, sewing, child development, cooking, preschool, and courtship and dating.
  • Prepare students for careers in secondary education, graduate school, and professions relating to home and family education, children, and families.
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
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The Family and Human Services Department at Washburn University offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Family Services addressing the 10 content areas for Family Life Education. Students have the option to take all courses online. This department also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Addiction Counseling.

 

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) focuses its research, teaching, and public engagement on a multidisciplinary understanding of 1) healthy development and wellbeing of individuals and families over the lifespan, 2) interactions and processes within families, and 3) individuals and families in societal and cultural contexts. We are committed to excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement through our core values of individualized mentoring, innovation and leadership, diversity and equity, and applied/translational science. Undergraduate students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in HDFS. The HDFS major is offered at the main campus in Storrs and at regional campuses in Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury.

Graduate students can earn a Ph.D. and/or a Master’s Degree in HDFS.

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Working with families and children offers both challenges and opportunities to truly make a difference in the world. The obstacles of everyday life are so formidable that many people require assistance from qualified professionals. Family life education seeks to build strong, healthy families and strengthen family life from an informed educational perspective.  The foundation of family life education is found in a broad array of topics including human development across the lifespan, human sexuality, resource management (e.g. time, money), parent education, ethical considerations and public policy. Those who possess expertise in family life education possess the ability to bring out the best in others and to help persons in need to attain a higher degree of life fulfillment.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Counseling Program at the University of Colorado Denver offers three programs leading to a Master of Arts degree: Couple and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. The programs are 63 semester hours. They all involve a practicum (150 clock hours) in our campus counseling center and an internship (600 clock hours) in a placement in the community. Extensive use of live supervision is employed by faculty and clinic supervisors.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Specialization at Queens College is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Program in the Department of Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (FNES). The program offers a Bachelors of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences that requires the completion of 120-credits, including general college curriculum and courses specific to the program and specialization of Human Development and Family Science.

The Human Development and Family Science Specialization was approved for the Family Life Education Certification (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in 2005 and re-certified in 2010 and 2015. The certification attests that the curriculum includes appropriate course work for each of the 10 family life substance areas required for the CFLE designation. The mission of the Human Development and Family Science Specialization is to prepare students to have knowledge of the human development and family science concepts and theories, and to apply the current and emerging knowledge to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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PROGRAM PURPOSE Within the larger purpose of Johnson University, the objective of the Graduate Counseling Program is to provide professional therapy education for individuals intending to serve in social service settings such as community mental health agencies, child and family service centers, K-12 school systems, local congregations, as well as in a private practice setting. The education received also prepares students to pursue doctoral education.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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This is a great department where students can have experiences that will enrich their lives and prepare them for the future. Our programs provide the exciting opportunity to study individual development, family relationships and consumer issues as they affect each other, and to learn how to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in many settings. Our mission is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate instruction to help students develop greater personal understanding and prepare for successful professional careers. For those who are exploring the professional options provided in this major, we are available to answer your questions and to help you make an informed decision.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Family and Child Studies (M.S.) program is a life-span study of the family from birth to death. This degree program can lead to a certification in Family Life Education from the National Council on Family Relations. The Certified Child and Parenting Specialist credential is also available to those graduates who take the required examination and internships. The Family Life Education Program (B.S.) is the study of the development of children and their families from the prenatal stage throughout the lifespan. The program focuses on interpersonal relationships and developmental tasks of all family members. The program provides three options: Child Development, Marriage and Family, and Gerontology. The Child Development option provides students with a concentration of courses in child development and will strengthen career opportunities by providing students with competencies to work with children and their families. Studies focus specifically about children regarding research supporting the critical need to know how children learn and develop, and how to best meet these needs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to enter graduate programs with a concentration in Child Development and related areas. Students are prepared to apply for the following certifications: Certified Family Life Educator and Certified Child and Parenting Practitioner. The Marriage and Family option is designed for students who desire to work with families in family life education and/or in family and community service settings. The curriculum has a broad interdisciplinary component including course work in individual development; marital and family systems; professionalism and ethics; and research. Students completing this option are prepared to meet the requirements for Certified Family Life Education national certification and for graduate programs in marriage and family, and related fields. The Gerontology option will provide students with a concentration of courses related to the older adult. Because of the rapid pace at which our society is aging and the high percent of older adults, students will increase their career opportunities as they work with this age in the population. Completion of this option allows the graduate to enter graduate programs in Gerontology and satisfy requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator and other certifications available.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Coursework in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) major at Bridgewater College emphasizes diversity in families throughout the life cycle. The major includes complete coursework in human development across the life span, as well as family sciences. Two tracks are available: human development and family studies, or family and consumer sciences education.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The child development and family studies major at University of North Texas at Dallas provides an interdisciplinary degree through the university's School Of Human Services and Education. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill set to become practitioners in the area of children and to examine how families function systemically.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Wilmington University's Master of Science in Applied Family Science, in the university's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, was designed for those wanting to gain a greater understanding of children, youth, and families to provide family-centered education and intervention services in applied settings. Students will gain training in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that can positively impact the well-being of children, youth, and, families.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
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Family Social Science is a multidisciplinary department committed to the generation and application of knowledge that enhances family functioning and well-being in diverse family settings. Scholarship is organized around four themes: Families and Diversity, Families and Economic Well-Being, Families and Mental Health, Families Across the Life Span, and Parent and Family Education. Research, teaching and outreach activities encompass a wide range of social, economic, and political issues that affect families locally, nationally, globally.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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