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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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The Family Studies Program in the Department of Family Studies and Interior Design is approved by the National Council on Family Relations as offering coursework that leads to the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. The mission of Family Studies is to enable families, both as individual units and generally as a social institution, to build and maintain systems of action which lead: (1) to maturing in individual self formation, (2) to encourage enlightened, cooperative participation in the critique and formation of social goals and means of accomplishing them, and (3) to enable individuals to be critically aware of consumer resources and their management as well as to develop the competence to base actions upon rational, responsible decisions.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Program Overview

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) prepares professionals who support families and individuals in meeting their human needs in the context of lifespan development. Approximately 600 undergraduate and 60 graduate students are enrolled in FACS degree programs in the areas of Human Development and Family Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Fashion Merchandising. The programs are based on an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon the behavioral sciences, natura sciences, and the humanities. Students learn theories and their application to professions in nonprofit organizations, private practice, government, education, and business. All out-of-state students attending Northern Illinois University are able to enroll in all courses at in-state tuition rates.

Undergraduate Program in Human Development and Family Sciences (B.S.)

Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences (B.S.) program are prepared for a variety of family and child serving careers and/or future graduate study. Students may choose from three emphases including Family and Individual Development, Family Social Services or Child Development and may complete NCFR approved coursework needed for becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Students in the Family Social Services emphasis may pursue coursework in preparation for taking the Illinois Child Welfare Licensing (CWEL) exam through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Each emphasis provides students with real world experience through both practicums, internships and undergraduate research activities. Students enrolled in the Human Development and Family Sciences program may participate in both the local student NCFR and NAEYC affiliates.

Graduate Program in Human Development and Family Sciences (M.S.)

Master's graduates are prepared for advanced practice and professional leadership as well as pursuit of doctoral work. The M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences (AHDFS) provides professional career enhancement for programming and administration in family social services and child development settings in for-profit, community and governmental agencies as well as the foundation needed for graduate work at the doctoral level. Career settings include youth work, gerontology, child life programs in hospitals, infant and child care programs, family support services, family life, and parenting education programs. Students that enroll in AHDFS's COAMFTE accredited Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy are trained to become professional marriage and family therapists. Students that enroll in AHDFS's Specialization in Leadership in Aging Studies are trained for employment in applied settings including becoming licensed nursing home administrators. Many students in the AHDFS program receive financial support in the form of Graduate Assistantships.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is to understand and improve the lives of people of all ages in relationships, families, organizations, and communities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The Family Science and Human Development Department provides students with a greater understanding of multiple ways of knowing families and children in various contexts. It enables students to critically analyze the literature and to keep abreast of trends in research. The faculty creates a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of forward thinking practitioners and educators who work with families and children in a variety of settings. The department of Family and Child Studies examines multiple ways of knowing families and individuals over the life course in various socio-cultural contexts. Power, diversity, and social justice are analyzed through an interdisciplinary and critical approach.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Family studies is one of the fastest growing programs at OC. Our academic programs equip students to serve in careers that support and nurture families. Whether in family counseling, child care, or social services, a graduate of the Family Science program is prepared to make a difference.

Oklahoma Christian offers two major programs in family studies. The B.S. Degree in Family Science is a pre-professional degree that emphasizes the preparing of students for graduate school. Those students who wish to pursue advanced degrees, at either the master's or doctoral level, are encouraged to pursue this degree. With the growth of marriage and family graduate school programs and the increasing influence of systems theory in psychology, the need to prepare students for study as marriage and family counselors is increasing.

The B.S. degree in Family Science/Child Development provides students with a broad, general approach to the study of the family. This degree is primarily intended for those students who do not wish to pursue graduate school. It examines family issues across the lifespan but adds emphasis in early childhood education.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the Department of Behavior Science at Utah Valley University is to prepare students for careers in the fields of anthropology, family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, substance abuse, and other related professions. Finding solutions to human problems involves the ability to apply academic theories to the real world. Behavioral Science students learn academic rigor in writing, critical thinking and analysis and integration of current scientific research. A multicultural perspective and respect for the range of individual differences are central to the department's mission. Insight, skill acquisition, and personal application are also important collateral aspects of a student's exposure to the behavioral sciences. Classes are frequently taught using experiential methods and collaborative assignments. Our department feels strongly about our interdiciplinary approach to our degrees. Our degrees are are structured around the Behavioral Sciences with students learning a little bit about each area while still choosing a specific emphasis in either Anthropology, Family Studies, Psychology, or Sociology. Our Bachelor's degree prepares students to work in the fields of human services, criminal justice, community/public relations, education, health, business, research, and prepares them to onto graduate school within their chosen field.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is (a) to provide students with a comprehensive, integrated knowledge of families and individuals across the life span as appropriate preparation for careers in human services and/or graduate study, and (b) to conduct research on the variety of factors and contexts relevant to human and family development. The goal of the Department is to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages through teaching, research, and service in a manner consistent with the University's land grant mission. The Department recognizes the importance of an ecological approach to the study of human development and families, and utilizes a systemic approach in teaching, research, and service. Interactions of individuals and families with the economic, political, judicial, religious, and educational systems are emphasized. The Department also serves as a resource base for citizens of North Dakota in the area of individual and family life.

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
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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