Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

International Family & Community Studies

Notice

The doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies is taking a one-year hiatus and will not be enrolling any new students for Fall, 2013. The program is currently operating at full capacity. The program will resume the admissions process in the Summer of 2013 for applicants desiring to begin in the Fall of 2014. Clemson graduate students may still enroll in any of the courses offered by the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life in fulfillment of the certificate program or by consent of the instructor. Additionally, new students can take courses offered by the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life by applying as a Non-Degree student. When filling out the Non-degree application, found here, please choose Non-Degree 600 and “International Family and Community Studies” as your Specialty Area.

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies is designed to educate professionals to generate, diffuse, and apply knowledge needed to strengthen communities’ capacity for family support, meaningful participation, and strong relationships, including mutual assistance.  The program prepares graduates as (a) scholars in interdisciplinary institutes or academic departments on child and family studies, social policy studies, international studies, or community development or (b) researchers, planners, or administrators in domestic or international governmental or non-governmental agencies concerned with children, families, and/or communities.

The program is based in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and relies on the Institute’s ties with related university programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Institute’s community development, policy consultation, and empirical research projects in South Carolina, and other states and nations.

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 may be unique in its integration of normative analysis (i.e., philosophical, legal, and religious studies), 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.

Both to provide a richer understanding of human development and family life and to build skills for work in diverse cultures, international study is emphasized.  Students are required to become proficient in studies of three world regions and in communication in a language other than their own.  Building on the Institute’s relationships with universities in developing and transitional countries, students spend at least one academic year in residence at an affiliated center outside North America, where they engage in supervised research and/or public service.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Mark Small)

Application Requirements

Applying

For assurance of consideration for an assistantship in fall 2011, applications must be received by January 15.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from an accredited degree program.  In addition to strong academic performance, experience in volunteer and/or professional public service is desirable.  Students should submit GRE and/or Miller’s Analogies Test scores, three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or community service, and a 500-word essay on the applicant’s career aspirations and goals and their relation to this graduate program.  Students for whom English is not the first language are also required to submit TOEFL scores.  Both U.S. and international students are welcome, as are both new graduates and experienced professionals.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Mark Small)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Program Coordinator

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