PhD in Family Studies Information Sessions

Family Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field, drawing on a range of social science disciplines including sociology, social work, education, gerontology, and community and developmental psychology. The Ph.D. in Family Studies program considers family life within larger socio-cultural contexts and explores how issues of power, privilege, and social justice interact to differentially impact family configurations.

Students come from a variety of fields including family studies, human development, education, social work, human services, psychology,  disability and rehabilitation services, gerontology, and sociology. Family Studies  scholars focus on the strengths and challenges of family life, researching  a diverse range of issues, and seeking solutions to improve conditions for families worldwide . The multidisciplinary nature of Family Studies makes Ph.D. graduates very attractive to employers in higher education, government, and nonprofit and private sectors. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional opportunities as faculty members in colleges and universities, program administrators, researchers and evaluators, policymakers, and positions in organizations focusing on children, youth, adults, older adults, and families.

Information Session for Prospective Students

Sunday, October 21, 2012
University Hall,
Ferraro Lounge, 1st Floor, 12:00pm

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Online Session
, 6:00pm


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