University of Rhode Island Integrates ‘Family Science’ Into Department Name

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is pleased to share that the University of Rhode Island's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is now the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Learn more about the department on the University of Rhode Island's website.


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. Contact Allison Wickler for more information.