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Doctoral Program Degree Requirements

The curriculum requirements and electives are as follows:

  • Family and Community Life (6 credits):
    • Life in the Global Community (FCS 8100) (required)
    • Human Development and Family Life in Cultural Context (FCS 8110) (required)
  • Research Methods (12 credits):
    • Social Research Methods in IFCS I (FCS 8130) (required)
    • Social Research Methods in IFCS II (FCS 8340) (required)
    • Topics in Societal and International Research (FCS 8400) (elective)
    • Secondary Data Analysis (FCS 8410) (elective)
    • Special Topics courses (FCS 8920) (elective)
  • Human Rights and Social Justice (6 credits):
    • International Human Rights Law (FCS 8200) (required)
    • International Law and Policy on Children’s Issues (FCS 8510) (elective)
    • The Right to Health (FCS 8520) (elective)
  • Community Development and Policy Analysis (9 credits):
    • Community Development: Principles and Practices (FCS 8300) (required)
    • Community Transformation (FCS 8310) (required)
    • Policies and Programs in Human Services (FCS 8320) (elective)
    • Humanitarian Assistance (FCS 8330) (elective)
  • Cultural Area Studies (6 credits):
    • Cultural Area Studies (FCS 8360) is intended to provide students with an understanding of families and communities in at least one world region. Cultural Area Studies courses (3 credits each) are offered multiple times a year and focus on a different world region. 
  • Research (up to 24 credits):
    • Six (6) credits of Research Project (FCS 8900) if entering post baccalaureate. Eighteen (18) credits for the Doctoral Dissertation (FCS 9910).

For more information, see our doctoral handbook.