Apr 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Family and Community Studies, PhD

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Program Description

The doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies (IFCS) is designed to educate professionals to generate, diffuse and apply knowledge needed to strengthen communities’ capacity for family support, meaningful participation and strong relationships. The program can prepare students for several different career tracks. Our graduates have become scholars in interdisciplinary institutes or in academic departments related to child and family studies, social policy studies and international studies. Other graduates have become researchers, planners or administrators in domestic or international governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with children, families and/or communities.

With its focus on family and community life, the program touches on the most fundamental aspects of people’s everyday lives. Blending the humanities, the social sciences and various professional disciplines, the program is unique in its integration of normative analysis, empirical research, and community development. With a foundation in the study of human rights as applied to children and families around the world, the program builds a comparative understanding of U.S., foreign and international law and policy on child and family issues and of the significance of democracy for the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Students acquire an appreciation of the role of civil society (e.g., voluntary associations and nonprofit organizations) and primary community institutions (e.g., schools) in promoting and maintaining democracy. Such studies provide the foundation for an understanding of the principles and practices of community development and transformation, humanitarian assistance and responsive human services. The important role and features of effective informal mutual assistance mechanisms in community life and their meaning for children and families are also explored.

The program is enhanced by the department’s ties with related University programs around the world. Students have the opportunity to participate in the department and institute’s community development, policy consultation, and empirical research projects in South Carolina, other states, and nations.

Additional program and application information can be found at: https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/centers-institutes/ifnl/academics/doctoral-program/index.html.

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