Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University
Human Development and Family Science - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy - BA Concentration

Exploring the consequences of policies, laws and programs for diverse families across a variety of policy matters, from anti-poverty and social welfare policies to health and environmental policies.

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) concentration in Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools, communities, and in the policy arena, and address social-structural factors contributing to and influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (e.g., poverty and wealth inequality, immigration and illegalization, family homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or hetero-sexism).

Students complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork. Such an experience is a critical component of the HDFS Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy concentration and further prepares our students for graduate education and diverse careers in the human development and family science field.

Human Development and Family Science, BA - Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy Concentration

Mason Core (40 credits)

  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Information Technology and Ethics (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western Civilization (3)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Natural Science (7)
  • Synthesis (3)

Additional Requirements for the BA (9-18 credits)

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • Philosophy or religious studies (3 credits) fulfilled by any course with a PHIL or RELI prefix,
  • Social and behavioral science (3 credits) in addition to the Mason Core requirement, an additional social and behavioral course is required,
  • Non-Western culture (3 credits)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (coursework or testing to determine proficiency)

Major Requirements (33 credits)

Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy (FRPA) - BA Concentration Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Choose 15 credits from the list below or in consultation with your advisor*:

  • *Other courses of interest may be approved by the program coordinator

Electives (14-23 credits)

Select 14-23 credits of electives

Family Research, Policy, and Advocacy (FRPA) Concentration Requirements Advising Sheet

Total: Minimum 120 credits