Ph.D in Family Studies
Family Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field, drawing on a range of social science disciplines including sociology, social work, education, gerontology, and community and developmental psychology. The Ph.D. in Family Studies program considers family life within larger socio-cultural contexts and explores how issues of power, privilege, and social justice interact to differentially impact family configurations. The program’s unique strengths include: Individually focused areas of study sustained throughout the coursework Integrating theory, research and practice with a focus on the local context Preparation of scholars and practitioners as advocates for positive change for family well-being
The Ph.D. in Family Studies program prepares students to: Bring an interdisciplinary, critical lens to the analysis of challenges and issues that impact the well-being of families across the life course; Conduct research that furthers the field of Family Studies and contributes to the knowledge base of diverse family forms; Develop an in-depth understanding of an area of Family Studies of their own choosing through focused study; Be effective advocates in their chosen areas of expertise for policies, practices, and interventions that would support the development and well-being of families across the life course.
Due to the multi and interdisciplinary nature of the program, our students come from a variety of fields, including family studies, human development, education, social work, human services, psychology, disability and rehabilitation services, gerontology, and sociology. Family Studies professionals focus on the strengths and challenges of the family unit, examining a diverse range of family issues and seeking solutions to family problems. The applied, multidisciplinary focus of the discipline makes Ph.D. graduates very attractive to employers in higher education, government, and nonprofit and private sectors. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional opportunities as faculty members in colleges and universities, program administrators, researchers and evaluators, and policymakers, and positions in organizations focusing on children, youth, adults, older adults, and families.
Students admitted to the program will have the opportunity to work with faculty members pursuing research in a wide variety of areas related to families, including:
-Cultural and social issues affecting parenting and families
-Relational aggression and bullying among adolescents
-Intimate partner violence
-Transition to young adulthood
-Aging family relationships and intergenerational dynamics
-Substance abuse, depression and suicide among young people
-African American families and first-generation college students
For more information on our faculty members and their areas of research: Faculty Member Bios happy family
Family Studies (PhD) - Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program
Family Studies is a multidisciplinary field, drawing on a range of social science disciplines including sociology, social work, education, gerontology, and community and developmental psychology. The PhD in Family Studies program considers family life within larger socio-cultural contexts and explores how issues of power, privilege, and social justice interact to differentially impact family configurations.
Montclair State University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs leading to a degree or certificate (not certification) are approved by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education of the State of New Jersey. Programs leading to certification are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education using the standards of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
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