department of family studies and community development

Family Science Major

Student in classThe family science curriculum provides students with academic experiences focusing on the study of families and relationships in the context of contemporary society. The courses provide training in the scientific methods used to understand family behavior and development across the lifespan. Students learn to analyze the quality of family life through applied research and acquire both written and oral communication skills. A major in family science will provide a concentration on the social/behavioral science foundation necessary for those working in education and human services as well as those seeking graduate education in social sciences, health professions, education and law.

Family science graduates benefit from a wide variety of employment opportunities in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private agencies. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate study in family science, marriage and family therapy, social work, family law, public health, psychology, human resource management, and other social science disciplines.


Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612



•Did you know that a combined B.A./M.A. in Family Science and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service is available beginning Fall 2013? The program is designed so students can complete both degrees in 5 years. Learn more about this exciting new opportunity.




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