College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

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    Our graduate programs will empower you.

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Mentors and guides

Our faculty are genuinely invested in your success.

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Achieve your dreams

An undergraduate degree in family social science will prepare you for a rewarding career.

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How can you support transgender youth?

The Transgender Toolkit has research-informed resources.

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Update your skills with an Ambiguous Loss certificate

Groundbreaking therapist, Pauline Boss, PhD, leads this online program.

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Student resources

It is our goal to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment that supports your academic and personal success.

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Academics

Investigate the most critical issues facing families today and be part of shaping a better tomorrow.

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Faculty research

At the forefront of family research, we explore new horizons with state-of-the-art methodologies and approaches.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion

We are dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion across FSoS academic programs, research and outreach, and  clinical practice.

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People

Our faculty are mentors, renowned researchers, and committed teachers who are focused on student success. 

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Quote from Kaylina Smith '23, undergrad alumna

It is a department full of generous educators. Every day that I work with my families, I am able to apply the knowledge that I learned from the amazing faculty and staff within the department.

Kaylina Smith '23, undergrad alumna Family Advocate, Lutheran Social Services

Quote from Christopher Mehus, '15 PhD, LMFT

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I am grateful for the experience, education, and support I received during my PhD program, which provided a solid foundation for a research career.
Christopher Mehus, '15 PhD, LMFT

Recent articles

FSOS seeks candidates for tenure track faculty

Family Social Science and the Extension Center for Family Development seek candidates whose research includes studying family health, resilience and thriving in the context of social and economic inequalities.

Two FSOS alumni honored by CEHD

Cherie Collins Sims and Jennifer Sampson, alumni of the Family Social Science doctoral program, were honored at the recent College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

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FSOS community mourns passing of alumnus

Farrell Webb died suddenly in San Antonio where he had been named vice-president for Academic Affairs and provost of the University of Incarnate Word earlier in 2023.

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