The Department of Family Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying families and the problems they face in today's society. Students obtain broad knowledge of family theory, programs, and structures; family/health policy; ethnic families; and research methodology. Students learn to design, implement, and evaluate culturally-sensitive programs addressing family needs and analyze the consequences of public and private policies on family well-being. The Department is proud of the rich diversity of its faculty and students and has a commitment to researching strengths and challenges of culturally diverse families. The Department has four times been named Outstanding Academic Unit by the UMCP President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues because of its sensitivity to gender, class, race, religious and cultural issues. Our close proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the state capital offers unparalleled opportunities for internships in government agencies, research laboratories, think tanks, corporate offices, military services, and national child/family organizations.