The College of Human Sciences addresses global challenges and opportunities related to the physical, behavioral, and economic factors influencing the health and development of individuals, families, and communities.

Our vision is to lead the College nationally through innovative academic and research programs that prepare 21st-century professionals.

Family and Child Sciences Department

  • Programs emphasize the health and development of children and families through education, research and service to the community.
  • Professional opportunities in this field have increased due to new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the national focus on the welfare of families and children.
  • The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
  • Students may complete requirements to become a Certified Family Life Educator, sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations (NFCR).

Family and Child Sciences is more than working with people – we strive to make a difference in their lives. We offer programs of study for both undergraduate and graduate students that address the needs of children, youth, adults, and families across the lifespan, with special attention to those in complicated families.

R1 Research University

FSU is one of only 115 institutions classified as an “R1 Research University… (Highest research activity)” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Collaboration

An interdisciplinary research environment enables shared learning between disciplines, faculty, and cohorts. This entrepreneurial spirit within a single department inspires curiosity and optimizes performance.

Faculty Interests

An esteemed roster of faculty enables students an opportunity to study topics with professional researchers who share their interest.

Centers & Institutes

The Family Institute

The Florida State University Family Institute generates new information, trains professionals, and informs policymakers regarding families in Florida, the region, and the nation.

Center on Better Health & Life for Underserved Populations

Focusing on developing and testing model higher education and community-based programs to address health disparities in underserved populations.

Center for Couple & Family Therapy

MFT doctoral students are trained in systemic, or relational therapy. Throughout life, we exist in a number of relationships that directly and indirectly impact our well-being.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

PhD

Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences

In the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Ph.D. program, we train students to become the next generation of scholars, university faculty, and researchers. Our gr ... [+]

In the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Ph.D. program, we train students to become the next generation of scholars, university faculty, and researchers. Our graduates have successfully obtained positions of their choice in some of the nation’s leading academic institutions.

The HDFS curriculum addresses relational and family process in contemporary families, such as cohabiting couples, families of divorce and remarriage, military families, and foster families. Faculty are noted for their study of children’s friendships, couple dynamics, intimate partner violence, parenting practices, racial socialization, among other topics.

Curriculum Required Core Courses HOE 6366 Research Best Practices in Human Sciences CHD 5617 Professional Development in FCS FAD 5481 College Teaching in Family Sciences FAD 5942 Supervised Teaching CHD 6261 Theories of Child Development FAD 6436 Theories of Family Science FAD 6930r Special Topics in MFT: Family Diversity Required Research and Statistics CHD 5915 Methods of Research FAD 5700 Applied Research in Human Sciences FAD 6935r Special Topics in FCS: Qualitative Methods in FCS FAD 5912r Supervised Research FAD 6917 Research Methods in FCS FAD 8964r Preliminary Doctoral Exam FAD 6980 Dissertation FAD 8985r Dissertation Defense Examination Data Analytic Electives (examples) COM 5317 Content Analysis in Communication Research EDF 5402 Adv. Topics in Analysis of Variance Apps. EDF 5406 Multivariate Analysis Applications EDF 5409 Causal Modeling EDF 5410 Nonparametric Analysis Applications SOW 6407 Survey Research Methods STA 5179 Applied Survival Analysis STA 5856 Time Series and Forecasting Methods Elective Courses (examples) CHD 5618 Policy Development and Analysis in FCS CHD 5266... [-]
USA Tallahassee
August 2020
English
Full-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
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Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences

The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has a long and rich history. The program addresses family processes and empirically-supported relational interve ... [+]

The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has a long and rich history. The program addresses family processes and empirically-supported relational interventions for today’s diverse families through the engagement in programmatic research and advanced clinical preparation.

Our emphasis is on providing the training necessary to become a scholar well-equipped for an academic position while advancing clinical expertise. The program is designed to produce MFT leaders who are invested in contributing to scientific knowledge through sophisticated programs of research.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Florida State University (FSU) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). FSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.... [-]

USA Tallahassee
August 2020
English
Full-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
Read more in English