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:
We offer more than 75 approved internship sites for our students.
First and only graduate child life program in the mid-Atlantic area.
Two dual-degree programs. You can complete both a bachelor's and master's in 5 years.
News & Events
Panel of Professionals
On Friday October 6,2017, the Department of Family Studies & Community Development hosted their annual
Panel of Professionals where a diverse group of alumni with varying years of experience
and careers discussed their exposure within the field and experiences with graduate
school, as well as provided insightful advice for current junior and senior students
embarking on their own journey into the field.
"Forget-Me-Not: What Children's Stories Can Teach Us about the Holocaust"
All Family Studies and Community Development students are invited to an exhibition that
which tells the story of the fates of 14 Jewish children living in three German towns
during the Holocaust. Dr. Fred Katz, who is one of the children featured in the exhibit,
will share his story and how the panels came to be.
Join us on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the South Campus Pavillion
behind Auburn House. Refreshments will be provided.
RSVP by Monday, November 6th to Joyce Garczynski at 410-704-5168 or email@example.com.