Department of Family Studies & Community Development
The family is the fundamental unit in contemporary society. Family science is a discipline
grounded in research that enhances knowledge and understanding of the family. Healthy
family functioning strengthens individuals, groups, and society.
Our undergraduate and graduate programs foster a multidisciplinary and multicultural
understanding of families, communities, and service systems. Through coursework and
experiential learning opportunities, our students study individual and family development,
dynamics within families, action-oriented and policy-relevant research, and the interactions
between families and society. We encourage civic responsibility and professional development
through required community engagement opportunities that broaden our students' communication
and critical thinking skills.
The department is affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, the only national program to certify family life educators. After completing required
coursework, family and human services undergraduate students may apply for provisional
certification as family life educators. Full certification may be obtained as soon
as students document sufficient work experience in family life education.
The Certified Child Life Specialist credential, issued by the Association of Child Life Professionals, is the exclusive certification for the profession. The Introduction to Child Life
Track in the family and human services major prepares students for certification and
careers as child life specialists.
Beyond the Classroom
Family and human services students are required to participate in service learning
and internship courses. FMST 387 Community Services for Families offers group-based
experiential learning in the area of program development. Students work in small groups
in the community for 30 to 60 hours while learning new skills and theories in the
classroom. Internships are individually based experiential learning courses that require
a combination of classroom and field-based hours. Student internships include a minimum
of 120 field-based hours. Specific sites are selected from over 75 approved sites.
Five Year Programs
Earn a Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree
Interested in earning an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years? Learn
more about our B.S./M.S. programs:
On Friday March 10,2017 the Department of Family Studies & Community Development will host their annual
Panel of Professionals where a diverse group of alumni with varying years of experience
and careers will meet to discuss their exposure within the field, attending graduate
school, and provide insightful advice for current students as they embark on their
journey into the field.
Tiger Pride Day 2017
Students from our Family Studies Department here on campus and at TU in Northeastern
Maryland joined other Towson students at the 2017 Tiger Pride Day. Our students enthusiastically
joined faculty, staff and alums to advocate for Towson University and other causes
of interest by speaking with a number of elected officials.