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We are a general sociology department with a concentrations "Urban Inequality" and in "Family and Health." Most of our faculty's research and teaching interests concern issues connected to these two areas. The department houses the Kunz Center for Social Research, a research center for faculty as well as a training facility for graduate students. All students also receive a well-rounded general education in the field of sociology.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program is housed within the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. We value a holistic perspective that includes nurturing and fostering physical, intellectual, emotional, and social dimensions of human life. We focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods. 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • 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) - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science engages in research, teaching, outreach, and the preparation of scholars and professionals to enhance the lives of individuals and families. We focus on the nature and process of human development over the life span, the dynamics of couple and family relationships, conditions in the family, community, and society that enhance, support, and impede individual development and family well-being, early child development/education/day care, dysfunctional family systems/family therapy and family life education. The program houses a Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, with 4 therapy rooms, 4 observation rooms, and 3 AAMFT approved supervisors.

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
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Sociology offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in sociology. We have four substantive specialties including demography, criminology/deviant behavior, and social psychology in addition to family studies. We also feature a strong graduate training program in quantitative methods. There are eleven faculty members specializing in family. The department is home to two major research centers, including the NIH-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR, one of 18 population centers in the country), and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR, the only one in the country). Faculty members have brought in over $9 million in research funding in the past five years. Current research foci include cohabitation, family structure and child well-being, aging families, family violence, widowhood, adolescent romantic relationships and sexuality, same-sex marriage, causes and consequences of the decision to marry, intergenerational relationships, work-family dynamics, fertility, and many others.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
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The Child and Family Studies (CFS) program is located in the Department of Social and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. CFS prepares students to work with children, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in a broad range of settings. The developmental orientation of the program is designed to give a thorough understanding of every major developmental period in life in multiple contexts from birth to adolescence, to working with mid-life and older adults. It includes child, adult, and family development classes in the Department of Social and Public Health with a life span emphasis, as well as courses that include diversity in families, family ties and aging, human sexualities, the impact of stress and trauma, and death and dying. The undergraduate program offers three distinct concentrations: 1) Child, Adult, and Family Services; 2) Child Life; and 3) Family Gerontology. On the graduate level, we offer a master's degree in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in either Child Life or Family Gerontology. 

Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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