Department of Family and Child Sciences

Family and Child Sciences is more than working with people - we strive to make a difference in their lives. We offer programs of study for both undergraduate and graduate students that address the needs of children, youth, adults, and families across the lifespan, with special attention to those in complicated families.


Starting in our undergraduate program, students are expected to do more than read about the world. We go outside of the classroom and make a difference through extensive professional development, including experience in:

  • Family and community services
  • Child and youth services
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Local, national, and international non-profit agency administration
  • Counseling and case management
  • Family law and family policy advocacy
  • Early childhood prevention and intervention
  • Family life and parenting education

Students learn to apply knowledge about children and families working with them in various professional settings through participation in practicum experiences. These experiences occur in a variety of human service agencies and organizations, educational and child care centers, and child and family advocacy organizations.