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M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences: Family Studies Specialization

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The graduate specialization in Family Studies aims to prepare students to work in Family and Social Service agencies. The Family Studies specialization seeks to train students to be effective leaders in these organizations by providing training in conflict management, professional development, and program administration. Students in the Family Studies Specialization will have multiple opportunities for service learning through collaborative research projects, program design, and a supervised internship.

The Family Studies specialization is a 45-47 hour program. Students typically begin in the Summer term, and will complete the degree after the following Summer. Students may, however, begin the program during any quarter after they have completed an undergraduate degree and been accepted into the program.

Family Studies is the interdisciplinary study of what makes families successful. We focus on understanding the dynamics of families in a changing society, as well as the impact that family interaction has on individual development and success.

The graduate specialization in Family Studies aims to prepare students to work in Family and Social Service agencies. The Family Studies specialization seeks to train students to be effective leaders in these organizations by providing training in conflict management, professional development, and program administration.

Students in the Family Studies specialization will be required to complete a Thesis or Multi-term research project under the supervision of the Family Studies faculty. The project is designed to enhance the student’s critical thinking and research skills- and will be in the content area of the student’s choice. Faculty will work closely with students in designing and completing the project.

Students in the Family Studies Specialization will have multiple opportunities for service learning through collaborative research projects, program design, and a supervised internship.

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