University of Arizona Changes Program Name to Include 'Family Science'

University of Arizona

NCFR is pleased to share that the University of Arizona has changed the program name for both its bachelor's degree and doctoral degree to Human Development and Family Science. The previous program name was Family Studies
and Human Development.

The HDFS graduate program curriculum is designed to provide broad exposure to developmental and interpersonal and family theories, to develop research skills and expertise, and to build in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student. The HDFS bachelor's curriculum provides a multidimensional approach to understanding human behavior and relationships from psychological, social, cultural, and biological perspectives.

University of Arizona HDFS bachelor's degree is CFLE-approved, meaning program graduates can apply for the Certified Family Life Educator credential through an abbreviated process with NCFR (learn about CFLE program approval). Their bachelor's degree teaches how to effectively connect with, support and guide people at any age to improve their health and happiness, and prepares graduates to work in an array of careers, including childcare, parent education, substance abuse prevention, grant writing, community service, and more.

Find University of Arizona programs in the NCFR Degree Programs Guide.

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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 170 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.

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 Director of Marketing and Communications.

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.