Doctoral program strengthens communities

By Kerry Coffey

A new doctoral program in family and community studies begins in fall semester, offered through Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. “The goal of the program is to educate gifted students from all over the world as insightful scholars, inspiring teachers, creative leaders and, perhaps most importantly, dedicated humanitarians,” said Gary Melton, director of the institute.

There is no other program like it in the nation. Half the students will be from the U.S. and half from other countries. They will spend one academic year outside North America studying at a center affiliated with the institute. They will participate in institute projects on community development, policy consultation and empirical research in South Carolina, as well as other states and countries.

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