Institute On Family and Neighborhood Life

Doctoral Program Degree Requirements

A minimum of 66 credit hours are required of students enrolling post-baccalaureate. A minimum of 30 credits is required of post-master's degree students.

Family and Community Life (6 cr.)

FCS 810 Life in the Global Community (required)

FCS 811 Human Development and Family Life in Cultural Context (required)

Human Rights and Social Justice (6 cr.)

FCS 820 International Human Rights Law (required)

FCS 851 International Law and Policy on Children’s Issues (elective)

FCS 852 The Right to Health (elective) Community Development and Policy Analysis (9 cr.)

FCS 830 Community Development: Principles and Practices (required)

FCS 831 Community Transformation (required) FCS 832 Policies and Programs in Human Services (elective)

FCS 833 Humanitarian Assistance (elective)

Cultural Area Studies/Language (9 credits*) (required)

FCS 836 Cultural Area Studies Language

*The nine (9) credits required in this cluster can be satisfied with any of the following combinations: (a) Six credits of cultural area studies (CAS) plus three credits of language; (b) Three credits of CAS plus six credits of language; or (c) Nine credits of CAS. Note: Up to three credits of language may be waived for bilingual students, satisfied by undergraduate classes, or waived through testing.

Research Methods (12 cr.)**

FCS 813 Social Research Methods in IFCS I (required)

FCS 834 Social Research Methods in IFCS II (required)

FCS 840 Topics in Societal and International Research (elective)

FCS 892 Special Topics courses

Suggested Potential Elective Research Courses:

ANTH 603 Qualitative Methods (elective)

SOC 803 Survey Design (elective)

**Twelve credits of research methods are required, independent of any previous graduate research methods courses students may have taken.

Research (up to 24 credits)

FCS 890 Research Project (6 credits) (Required for post baccalaureate students without Master’s Degree)

FCS 991 Doctoral Dissertation (18 credits) (Taken after advancement to candidacy upon completion of comprehensive examinations)

For more information, see our doctoral handbook.