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Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences

Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences

Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences


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.


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.


  • Tallahassee

    W College Ave,600, 32306, Tallahassee