University of Vermont Changes Program, Dept. Names to Include 'Family Science'
NCFR is pleased to share that the University of Vermont has changed the name of its major and minor to Human Development and Family Science (previously Human Development and Family Studies). Human Development and Family Science is also available as a major concentration for students in the Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Physical Education licensure programs.
"Family Science" is also included in the new department name: Counseling, Human Development and Family Science (previously Leadership and Developmental Sciences).
Find the University of Vermont's 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 150 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.