Indiana State University Integrates ‘Family Science’ Into Program Name
NCFR is pleased to share that Indiana State University has received approval to change its degree program name from human development and family studies to human development and Family Science.
Linda Behrendt, Ph.D., CFLE, professor and chair of the Department of Applied Health Sciences, described the name change as "an important step for our program as we continue to grow professionally and connect our students’ identity as Family Life Educators."
The department offers both a bachelor of science degree and a minor in human development and Family Science. 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 140 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.