University of Nevada, Reno Integrates ‘Family Science’ Into Program Names

University of Nevada, Reno

NCFR is pleased to share that the University of Nevada, Reno has received approval to change its degree program name from human development and family studies to human development and Family Science. The department name has also changed to Human Development, Family Science, and Counseling.

The department offers three degrees in human development and Family Science:  a minor, a bachelor of science, and a master of science degree. 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.

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.