Georgia Southern Changes Program Name to Include 'Family Science'
NCFR is pleased to share that Georgia Southern University has changed the name of its major and minor to Human Development and Family Science (previously Child and Family Development).
Georgia Southern University’s Human Development & Family Science (HDFS) degree program takes a family-oriented approach to lifespan development. Designed to provide a strong background in the social and behavioral sciences related to child development, family development and the administration of programs for children and families, the HDFS major provides the tools to make an immediate and profound difference in the lives of others.
The HDFS – Family Services concentration — which is a CFLE-approved degree program — is also available fully online.
Find these programs in the NCFR Degree Programs Guide.
Considering a Name Change for Your Program?
Family Science is the name and disciplinary identity supported by NCFR for the scientific study of families and close interpersonal relationships. More than 150 academic degrees and departments use the Family Science name for their curricula because it is the clearest and most accurate label for this discipline.
Using the term Family Science expands visibility of programs among prospective students, their families, and other institutions. It increases credibility by demonstrating support of a proven scientific discipline that has developed a rigorous base of scholarly knowledge and an evidence-based foundation for graduates in their careers. It also allows faculty and graduates to adopt a respected professional identity of Family Scientist, and to make an even greater impact in their work by uniting under the Family Science umbrella.
If your department is considering a name change, NCFR has sample documents and resources available for you that other schools have successfully used. Access these resources.