The department and the larger university community offer a variety of resources to assist students.

A family studies adviser working with a student
Our department advisors are a key student resource. Students are empowered to make informed decisions and take ownership of their academic goals.

Undergraduate Advising

Our department advisors assist students in planning their educational programs. The advising process differs slightly depending on whether students are prospective or current family science or family and human services majors.

Thinking of becoming a Family Studies Major?

FMST Advisors are available during small group sessions to answer your questions about the major and the career path.

FMST Interest Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, February 12th:         12:30-1:30 pm in LA2343

  • Tuesday, February 27th:         12:30-1:30 pm in LA2343

  • Monday, March 5th:               1:00-2:00 pm in LA 2342

  • Tuesday, March 13th:             10:00-11:00 am in LA2210E

  • Wednesday, March 28th:        10:00-11:00 am in LA2343

  • Monday, April 2nd:                 1:00-2:00 pm in LA 2342

  • Tuesday, April 10th:               10:00-11:00 am in LA2210E

  • Thursday, April 26th:             12:30-1:30 pm in LA2343

  • Monday, April 30th:               12:00-1:00 pm in LA 2343

Prospective Majors


Freshmen are advised by First Year Experience advisors. Those freshmen who have decided to declare a major in either family science or family and human services may do so at any time. They will be assigned department advisors at the start of their sophomore year. Freshmen who would like to begin taking family studies courses should register for FMST 101 Introduction to Family Studies, which satisfies University Core 6 - Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is a pre-requisite for most undergraduate level FMST coursework. 

Transfer Students

The Towson University Academic Advising Center schedules incoming transfer students to attend orientation a few weeks prior to the start of their first semester at Towson. Transfer students who have declared a family science or family and human services major will meet with a family studies adviser during the orientation session. The advisor and student will work together to select the student's first semester courses. Once the new semester starts,  the student will be assigned a permanent department advisor who will guide him/her in developing a course plan for future semesters.

Students transferring within the State of Maryland should visit The Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities to learn more about course equivalencies, transfer programs, and transcript evaluation.

Current Towson Students

Students currently attending Towson University may change their major to family science or family and human services at any time. For information about changing your major to family science or family and human services, please read our Changing My Major FAQs (PDF).

Current Family Science or Family and Human Services Majors

Current majors should communicate regularly with their advisors about progress toward degree and academic goals. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor at least once each semester.

advising expectations

Our students are expected to...

  • familiarize themselves with the Undergraduate Catalog and assume responsibility for completing all published graduation requirements.
  • review the Academic Requirements Report at the beginning of each semester and prior to advising meetings.  
  • maintain communication with their advisers, keep advising appointments, and inform their advisors of any course plan changes.
  • use their Towson University e-mail accounts to communicate with their advisors, other faculty, and department staff.