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About the Department

The Family Science and Human Development Department provides students with a greater understanding of multiple ways of knowing families and children in various contexts. It enables students to critically analyze the literature and to keep abreast of trends in research. The faculty creates a learning environment that supports and encourages the development of forward-thinking practitioners and educators who work with families and children in a variety of settings. The Department offers two concentrations at the undergraduate level, School Settings (for students in the teaching track) and Family Services, as well as a minor in Gerontology.

The department also offers a PhD in Family Science and Human Development.


The department of Family Science and Human Development examines multiple ways of knowing families and individuals over the life course in various socio-cultural contexts. Power, diversity and social justice are analyzed through an interdisciplinary and critical approach.