Family and Child Studies, Ph.D.
Degree Program: Family and Child Studies, Ph.D.
Department: Individual, Family, and Community Education
Program: Family and Child Studies
Description: The conceptual framework for the Ph.D. in Family and Child Studies is based on the link between the principles of ecology and systems theory with the study of families. The current interdisciplinary perspective assumes that family dynamics can best be understood within the multiple contexts in which they occur. With the exception of a 12-hour doctoral core, students plan an individualized program with their Committee on Studies that focuses on the area of Family Studies and which may include courses in the graduate unit as well as from other units. To be eligible for the doctoral core courses (advanced seminars in theories, research and legal, ethical and policy issues in Family Studies and Internship), students will be expected to have had graduate courses (Family Studies Master’s Core courses) or their equivalents in human growth and development, family interaction, managing family resources, multicultural issues in working with families and children, introductory statistics and a course in research methods. In addition, students must have 24 credit hours in a secondary discipline and complete 15 hours to meet the inquiry skills requirement.
Family and Child Studies Career Opportunities
Behavior Management Specialist
Hospital Child life Specialist
Foster Care Case Manager
Social Services Program Coordinator
Family service providers
Administrators of child and family service programs
Administrators of policy and advocacy groups and agencies
Federal/State Government Agencies
Homeless Shelters (Healthcare for the Homeless)
Residential Care Facilities
Policy and advocacy organizations
Home Visiting Programs