The Department of Family Sciences is committed to offering quality programs for students preparing to work with individuals and families in various settings including schools, private and public human agencies, and business. The focus is on enhancing the quality of life for families based on scholarship in family sciences. Undergraduate service programming is at an applied level using an interdisciplinary approach from the perspectives of individual and family development, family resource management, and family systems.
What is Family Science?
Family science is similar to psychology and sociology in that the focus is on understanding and improving lives, but is less well known than those disciplines because it is a relatively new scientific perspective. The family science perspective is unique in its emphasis on the role intimate and family relations play in shaping human experiences. Using this close relationships approach, students majoring in family science learn about issues such as marriage and relationship dynamics, parent-child relations, the relational processes of divorce, stepfamilies, sexuality, child and human development, managing family resources, family conflict and violence, and much more.