Welcome to the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University!
We are a diverse and vibrant school with over 700 majors and 75 graduate students. Undergraduate students can major in Family Studies, Human Development, or Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Graduate students earn an MS or Ph.D. in either Marriage, Family, and Human Development or Marriage and Family Therapy.
The School of Family Life consists of approximately 40 faculty members who are passionate about studying families, children, and couples and teaching about these fundamental units of society. They consistently publish their research in top-level professional journals and books and usually have graduate and undergraduate students working with them as coinvestigators and coauthors. There are many challenges facing modern families that can only be addressed by solid scientific studies that help us understand what is happening in families and what interventions might help alleviate some of their common problems. However, scientific methods are only part of the equation; we believe it is also necessary to view families through a value orientation that encourages committed marriages and family relationships. Consequently how scholars view families substantially influences what they study and sometimes even how they interpret their scientific findings. So while much of the modern scholarship emphasizes alternative family forms, at BYU we focus on studying how marriage and family relationships can be successful in weathering the challenges of modern life while maintaining permanent relationships between parents and family members. This type of research is not as popular in the media and usually not funded by federal agencies. Consequently, it is crucial for us to gather research resources from other sources such as generous donors.
You are invited to participate in helping Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life fulfill its potential as a leading institution of family scholarship to strengthen families throughout the world. Your contribution towards the School’s funding priorities is vital to ensure that there is a clear, strong, voice that will strengthen families.
With your support, the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University will become that desperately needed voice.
Alan J. Hawkins, Director
School of Family Life
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602