College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

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    Our graduate programs will empower you.

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

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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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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

Even legends have to retire

After a long and storied career in academia, William Doherty will retire at the end of this academic year.

FSOS alumna Sreytom Tim honored

Sreytom Tim '20, who earned her Family Social Science bachelor's degree, is currently at Skills Development Fund Cambodia and wants to use her degree to empower Cambodian women and girls.

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FSOS alumni to be honored

Lekie Dwanyen, who earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Family Social Science, will be honored by the College of Education and Human Development with a Rising Alumni Award April 30.

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April is Financial Literacy Month

Virginia Solis Zuiker, associate professor, is also the Department's Accredited Financial Counselor supervising faculty. She discusses the value of financial literacy.

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