Indiana University of Pennsylvania Integrates ‘Family Science’ Into Degree Program Name

NCFR is pleased to share that Indiana University of Pennsylvania has changed its degree program name from child development and family relations to human development and Family Science.

The bachelor of science program is part of the Department of Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design, and meets the criteria for NCFR's Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential. The department also offers a minor in child development and family relations. Find these programs in the NCFR Degree Programs Guide.


Considering a Name Change for Your Program?

In 2014, NCFR formally adopted Family Science as the preferred term to identify the discipline. Since then, use of the term has been encouraged for department and program names. Family Science is a more accurate and understandable term for students and prospective employers. It denotes a rigor and reflects the underpinnings of research-informed practice, and as such, it carries with it a new higher level of credibility and regard.

In addition, the term provides a professional identity—that of Family Scientist—to program graduates. Many departments have changed their names over the years to incorporate Family Science, and the continuation of this national trend in turn helps to improve the overall standing of the discipline.

Does your college or university have a new program or new name? Let us know! Share your news items through our online form or contact Trip Sullivan, NCFR communications manager.

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.